Annapurna: Pakistanis Back In BC — And The Rest?

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Annapurna Base Camp at night. Photo: Kamran on Bike

Pakistani climbers Sirbaz Khan and Abdul Joshi are finally back in Base Camp after summiting yesterday. They left Camp 4 in the morning and reached the base of the mountain just before sunset.

Khan and Joshi have shared no details yet. Neither have any of the expedition operators, expedition manager Chhang Dawa Sherpa, nor the climbers (or their social media teams). By 10 pm Nepal time, there is no updated news about the whereabouts of the nearly 70 climbers who where supposed to descend from Camp 4 today.

Instagram post by the Pakistan team’s BC manager Saad Munawar

The only other exception is India’s Giripremi team, whose members passed Camp 2 at 1:30 pm local time.

“As the weather is turning bad with poor visibility and relentless snowfall, the team may stay up at Camp 1 and descend tomorrow,” their team’s post said.

The Indian climbers belong to a larger international team including (according to Giripremi: Indians Bhushan Harshe, Sumit Mandale, Jitendra Gavare, Yogendar Garbiyal, Sheetal; Americans Gina Marie, Christopher Warner, and Tracee Lee; and Nepalis Maya Sherpa, Dawa Ongju Sherpa, Mingmar Thindu Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Mingma Ongya Sherpa, Pasang Tenji Sherpa, Tamting Sherpa, Chhiring Sherpa,Pasang Sherpa, and Phurba Pasang Sherpa.

In addition, some climbers gave up on the summit two days ago after they were forced back when the rope-fixing team ran out of ropes. They then descended to Base Camp. One of them, David Nosas of Andorra, is far from happy.

“Annapurna has been summited today and all summits have been done with supplementary O2,” he wrote yesterday. “Those climbing without it have been forced to turn around, suffer frostbite, and are on their way. Hopefully, they will reach BC tomorrow [today].”

Nosas himself has mild frostbite. “It’s incredibly irresponsible to let people reach 7,400m knowing there isn’t enough rope,” he said.

As for the second night in Camp 4, he thinks it is not acceptable to have “dozens of people at -20ºC without knowing whether they have to go up or down.”

David Nosas of Andorra. Photo: David Nosas

Today, Nosas reasserted his criticism of the company. “I have only climbed on two 8,000’ers but some more experienced climbers agree that they have never seen something like this,” he said. “We know what we face by coming here, but it’s different to be thrown down the precipice.”

Nosas confirms that people are still up on the mountain and notes: “I am not bitter just because I didn’t summit; I am used to failing from time to time.”

The first Nepali women to summit Annapurna are on their way down. Above, Priyanka Mangesh Mohite, the first Indian woman. Photo: Lakpa Sherpa

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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

Lakpa Dendi Sherpa with Viridiana Alvarez and Uta Ibrahimi are back in BC – just confirmed by Lakpa. No info about anyone else…

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Mike
Mike
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Also according to Sykaris’ team IG story, there’s only a few meters left for him to reach BC.

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Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

is after 23:00 in Nepal, is he still descending?

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Goran4
Goran4
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

He is at B.C.

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
5 months ago

Kamran’s photo is spectacular. Congratulations to the Pakistani team, and hope that all the other climbers are safe.

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
5 months ago

Viridiana just posted that she is in BC “with Badia, Mauricio and the whole group”…but not sure if she means all the summiters, or all those on her team.

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Paul
Paul
5 months ago

Giripremi team reported that they returned to Base Camp at night yesterday.

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