Dhaulagiri: High Winds Stop Most But Some Summits Reported

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Szilard Sujajda and David Klein on Dhaulagiri some days ago. Photo: Szilard Suhajda/Hohatar

Unexpectedly strong winds have halted summit-bound teams in Camp 3 on Dhaulagiri. Hungarians Szilard Sujajda and David Klein, who are climbing without O2, and Nirmal Purja’s Elite Exped team are sitting tight for now.

Despite optimistic forecasts, the wind battered the upper slopes, arriving just after Purja’s team had set off from Camp 3. The Hungarian climbers were about to follow them up.

Klein reported 60-80 kph winds, with gusts reaching 100kph. The wind forced Purja and his crew to turn around. Once back at Camp 3, they struggld to keep the wind from ripping away their tents.

“The support team in Base Camp could barely hear the climbers, who had to yell into the radio in the middle of the roaring gale,” Laszlo Pinter reported on Hohatar.

A cloudy day on Dhaulagiri last week. Photo: Szilard Suhajda

There are no fresh reports from the Elite Exped team, including Adriana Brownlee, whose tracker has not updated since last night in Camp 3.

Conditions on Dhaulagiri

Last week, snow fell heavily on Dhaulagiri, but the wind had not been too strong. A sunny day on October 1 allowed over 30 climbers to reach the summit. Further summits followed on October 3. British climbing guide Jon Gupta and his client also tried to summit on October 3, but excess snow forced them back.

As far as we know, this summit push only involved the Elite Exped team and the Hungarian duo. However, there could be more climbers arriving in Base Camp soon. Some climbers may have rotated to Dhaulagiri after climbing Manaslu.

Update: New information suggests that the weather has improved today. Seven Summit Treks report that Pasang Nurbu left Base Camp at 11 am on October 6 and reached the top very quickly, in under 24 hours.

Seven Summit Treks’ CEO Chhang Dawa Sherpa also mentioned that 24-year-old Dawa Yangzum, a member of the Elite Exped team and the first Nepalese woman to become an IFMGA guide, has summited too.

However, conditions were too tough for the Hungarian climbers without supplementary O2. They have announced that they will retreat “with a sore heart”.

Dawa Yangzum.

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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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Pawel
Pawel
17 days ago

Seven Summit Treks informed about at last 3 summiters today morning at 10am: Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, Pastenji Sherpa and Padang Nurbu Sherpa. So the weather must be not that bad…

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Apy
Apy
17 days ago
Reply to  Pawel

Dawa is part of Nims team

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Laszlo
16 days ago
Reply to  Pawel

Extreme weather limits are quite different for climbers with or without O2. What is still feasible for a climber on O’s, might be a fight for survival for a climber without bottle.

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Pawel
Pawel
16 days ago

23 hours 11 minutes is not a record time on Dhaulagiri, in 1995 Anatoli Boukreev climbed it in 17h 15mins, without supplemental O2.

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Jerry Kobalenko
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Pawel

fixed. That incorrect information came from SST.

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damiengildea
Editor
16 days ago

(insert laughter emoji)

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Random
Random
16 days ago

Long post but basically a list of speed ascents achieved on Dhaulagiri without O2 that I could find. Information from various news outlets but mostly from Himalayan Database and AAJ. Most information about speed ascents is not specific and each source may note different times etc. If any information incorrect or someone has more accurate info, comment below please. Marc Batard & Sungdare Sherpa on 2 December 1987 – Left Base Camp on 1 December (4700m at unknown time) and reached C2 (7100m) at 6pm. Left C2 at 5:30am and summited at 12:30pm. Maximum time to summit 36h30 (as earliest… Read more »

Steve
Steve
16 days ago
Reply to  Random

Thanks for sharing. Interesting stuff.

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