Annapurna: Crux Passed, All in Camp 3

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Annapurna's terrible mid-sections. Photo: Al Filo de lo Imposible

All the climbers on Annapurna have now passed the most dangerous section of the mountain, the avalanche-prone route between Camps 2 and 3.

Chhang Dawa Sherpa confirms that all teams have arrived safely in Camp 3 on Annapurna. The Sherpa rope fixers, led by Mingma G, should have fixed the route to Camp 4 by now.

Viridiana Alvarez’s tracker located her at 6,580m (Camp 3) at noon.

“Steep, icy passages, verglass on the rocky cliffs, and the huge seracs staring at us…the route reminded me so much of [winter] K2,” reported Antonios Sykaris of Greece, who did that hairy section today.

He also admits that he looked up, heart in throat, every time he heard the ice cracking, but in the end, there were no avalanches. Sykaris notes he will use no supplementary oxygen on his attempt.

“Camp 3 is set up between huge seracs, just below the ramp leading to Camp 4,” Sykaris said.

Weather permitting, everyone will head to Camp 4 tomorrow. After some hours of rest, they will then leave for the top in the wee hours of Wednesday, April 14.

Dawa Sherpa also mentioned “three Russians in Camp 2.” He might be referring to Israfil Ashurli’s team from Azerbaijan, which is included in Mingma G’s permit.

Antonios Sykaris of Greece. Photo: Antonios Sykaris

Shibaz Khan and Abdul Joshi’s tracker located them at 6,250m at 7:30 am Nepal time. Later, Pakistani team photographer Kamran Ali confirmed they are sleeping in Camp 3 today and heading for Camp 4 tomorrow. “Sirbaz and Abdul are carrying their own loads and are not using Sherpas, and they help the rope-fixing teams where they can,” Kamran texted ExplorersWeb from Base Camp yesterday.

“I climb to gather stories.”

Kamram Ali writes eloquently on social media about the mountain, the climbers, and the meaning of it all. “When I see a peak, my eyes naturally start tracing a path to the summit,” said Abdul Joshi in response to Ali’s question about why he climbed. “At the top of a mountain, I feel closer to the Divine. The amount of peace I get on the peak, I get nowhere else.”

“But why take such a huge risk?” Ali asked.

“I climb to gather stories,” Joshi answered. “The tougher the mountain, the better the story!”

Abdul Joshi of Pakistan. Photo: Kamran on Bike

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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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Tourist Leader
Tourist Leader
3 months ago

Good to see all the tourists are safe in camp 3. Safe travels to all the tourists.

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Craig
Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Tourist Leader

Great stuff! They are changing the game!

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Oblomov
Oblomov
3 months ago
Reply to  Tourist Leader

How did you find it? Is it really as precaire as it looks?

Or do we just have another keyboard warrior, criticising the efforts of better men and women? 🤦‍♂️ Smh

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Tourist Leader
Tourist Leader
3 months ago
Reply to  Oblomov

Because I was one of those tourists in 2018…

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Oblomov
Oblomov
3 months ago
Reply to  Tourist Leader

For Annapurna circuit trek or to climb A1?

I have climbed Cho Oyo and G2 (without O) and many long and technical peaks in Kavkaz and Tian Shan and Pamir. Any mountain over 8000m is serious and not for tourists.

Even if it is not in alpine style, only strong mountaineer will be able to climb and come home safely…

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Waiting for a bus
Waiting for a bus
3 months ago
Reply to  Tourist Leader

What time does the tourist bus arrive and depart?

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Craig
Craig
3 months ago

Comments section here is hilarious. When I’m a tourist I go to a coffee shop or a local museum. Not climb Annapurna 😂

If these guys are tourists they have to be the bravest, fittest and most adventurous tourists of all time!

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Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Craig

Come on, but they are tourists, the definition for tourist is: a person who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure.
:DDD

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Craig
Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Haha can’t argue with that. I think my definition of pleasure is fairly different to any of the folk on Annapurna right now though.

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Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Craig

of course, everyone has pleasure from different things :DD

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F v
F v
3 months ago

https://share.garmin.com/pakteam

Pak climbers reached C4, this night /tomorrow start summit push. Tomorrow evening expected snow and some wind, fingers crossed. Thursday looks better.

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Faraz
Faraz
3 months ago

According to their Joshi’s account they along with seven summit track team established camp 4. 15 will be the summit push (weather permitting)

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