Manaslu and Laila Peak Summit Tries Aborted

Alex Txikon three days ago at Manaslu Base Camp. Photo: Phelipe Eizaguirre

Both Alex Txikon’s team on Manaslu and the Polish climbers on Laila Peak are back in Base Camp after aborting their summit pushes.

On Laila Peak, the avalanche hazard forced the climbers down from 5,500m.

Laila Peak Base Camp. Photo: Kukuczka Foundation

On Manaslu, the five would-be summiters turned around because of strong winds while they were on the ramp leading to Camp 4. Txikon also mentioned some avalanche-prone areas with lots of unstable snow.

The weather forecast looks poor for the next 10 days, but Txikon is not ready to give up. “The weather is very changeable,” he said. “The forecasts failed today, so we’ll check the situation day to day and launch a new push if conditions improve.”

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Sara
Sara
3 months ago

Please leave it this year , don’t try again. it’s just not meant to be . Be safe .

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Charles
Charles
3 months ago

Great reporting

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Walid Hamadeh
Walid Hamadeh
3 months ago

Both groups on Manaslu and Laila have returned to base camp as they see the odds of summitting too high to risk their lives for. They can write another chapter in their history of accomplishments as they are able to live and attempt another summit push. Way to GO!!! Lives are way more important than egos and glory.

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Sara
Sara
3 months ago
Reply to  Walid Hamadeh

Well said

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