Annapurna: Summit Push Tonight, Tomorrow, or Both?

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Camp 2 on Annapurna. Photo: Lakpa Dendi

Lack of news from Annapurna is adding suspense of the first summit push of the season. Some climbers who reached Camp 3 (6,500m) yesterday have decided to stay there today to rest and better acclimatize, including Viridiana Alvarez.

Meanwhile, Sirbaz Khan and Abdul Joshi of Pakistan and Dawa Yangzum of Nepal have advanced to Camp 4.

It’s not clear whether the original plan to go for the summit tonight will be delayed. Preliminary reports from Mingma G of Imagine Nepal and Lakpa Dendi of Seven Summit Treks (both agencies have shared the rope fixing) suggested summiting tomorrow, an auspicious date, since it is the first day of the Nepali Year 2078. But sources from Pakistan state that Khan and Joshi are not expecting to step on the top before April 15, Thursday.

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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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Paul
Paul
5 months ago

The Camp 4 where is Sirbaz and Abdul is a bit low, looks like less than 7000m so probably they will not push tonight for the summit, as well weather looks a bit better on 15th than tomorrow.
Many climbers planning to stay two or even three nights in C3 to get better acclimatization.
I think there will be no summit tomorrow

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M.shahid
M.shahid
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

yes

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arbaz
arbaz
5 months ago
Reply to  M.shahid

i am also in camp 4. will launch assault on sumit tomorrow

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Tenzin
Tenzin
5 months ago
Reply to  arbaz

What did sumit ever do to you??

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J Sparky
J Sparky
5 months ago
Reply to  Tenzin

Messner would have summited a week ago, without ropes and be back down and trekking out already.
Why is this expedition style “assault” supposed to be cutting edge mountaineering?

Yawn

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Terri
Terri
5 months ago
Reply to  J Sparky

Messner is old news. Nirmal Purja is the new kid on the block…

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J Sparky
J Sparky
5 months ago
Reply to  Terri

So, is he pushing the standard? A new route? Alpine style? Speed? I’d like to he impressed but this is an expedition style ascent, ropes put in place by others, on the standard route. Where’s the new standard being set? Messner might be old news but so far I haven’t seen a solo winter alpine-style ascent of Everest type boundary being pushed by Purja. Messner climbed with Habler or Kammerlander or solo on his 8k peaks, alpine-style. Nobody put his ropes in place….he and Habler rarely used ropes and preferred to simul-climbing unprotected. Habler was even better than Messner. Both… Read more »

OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
5 months ago
Reply to  Terri

Messner is old news? Nirmal might be the new kid on the block, and he has accomplished some incredible things, but lets see him climb Nanga solo on a new route without fixed ropes, or real solo Everest during the monsoon, truly alone. When he climbed Anna with Kammerlander, they climbed via the nasty Northwest Ridge in Alpine Style. Have you seen that route? Good Gawd! Mountaneering used to be about adventure, setting new routes, and doing bold things. Now it seems to be about flying into basecamp on a helicopter, pulling on fixed lines prepared by sherpas, and trying… Read more »

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
5 months ago
Reply to  J Sparky

No, of course it isn’t cutting edge mountaineering, and it isn’t trying to be! It’s a different style, which allows people who are fine athletes but not world-class mountaineers to climb these mountains. No one is suggesting that they are competing with Messner.

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