Muchu Chhish, Updated: Retreat to Base Camp

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Muchu Chhish, looking even more imposing than usual covered in snow. Photo: Muchu Chhish Czech Expedition

Across the Karakorum, deep, fresh snow is impeding climbers on their summit pushes.

As on Broad Peak and Gasherbrum II, so it is on the still-unclimbed Muchu Chhish. Here, Pavel Korinek and Tomas Petrecek spent the day wallowing through snow above Camp 3, as they pressed for the summit. “There’s tons of snow!” they joked. “We need a snow blower!”

The team reached Camp 3 yesterday. “We slept under a 20m-high serac, about 200m further than last year,” they reported. “We were planning to cross the whole main ridge today. But as weather conditions were poor — there was a blizzard outside — we left our camp at 8 in the morning.

“After five hours of walking in snow up to the waist, we managed to climb only 250m.”

In the end, the conditions were no joke. They retreated to Camp 3 in extremely danger because of avalanches. Tomorrow, they will retreat to Base Camp.

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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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Marius
Marius
8 days ago

That face of Muchu Chhish just looks like on big avalanche

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jmaf
jmaf
7 days ago

Those upper slopes are absolutely loaded with snow. Not sure how stable the snow is but it looks terrifying.

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