Annapurna Summits

All is going according to plan on Annapurna. The rope-fixing Sherpas and clients who set off from Camp 4 yesterday reached the summit this morning.

Seven Summit Treks reports that rope fixers Pasang Nurbu and Gelje Sherpa reached the top at 11:10 am. Then Adriana Brownlee (UK), Dorota Lidia Samocko (Poland), Dawa Sherpa (Nepal), Olga Koroleva (Russia), Chhangba Sherpa (Nepal), Hans Wenzl (Austria), and Tim Bogdanov (Sweden) topped out.

The 8K Expeditions team summited at 11:25 am Nepal time. Summiters were Kristin Harila (Norway), Kasturi Deepak Savekar (India), and Baibanou Bouchra (Morocco), supported by Nepali climbers Dawa Ongju Sherpa, Pasdawa Sherpa, Lakpa Thendu Sherpa, Halung Dorchi Sherpa, and Lakpa Nurbu Sherpa.

Grace Tseng (Taiwan) also succeeded, climbing with Dolma Outdoors’ leader Nima Gyalzen Sherpa and Ningma Dorje Tamang.

Summiters are now heading down. At 2 pm Nepal time, Kristine Harila’s tracker located her at 7,400m. Information about weather, the route, and the use of O2 will trickle in as the climbers return to Base Camp. Usually, Annapurna summiters stop for the night at Camp 3 or Camp 4. It allows them to grab some rest and cross the dangerous section between Camp 3 and Camp 2 early in the morning when the seracs are more stable.

Makalu and Kangchenjunga

News is also expected from Seven Summit Treks, whose Sherpas set off for the summit of Makalu last night. Based on radio conversations with Base Camp, it seems that the team stopped roughly 250m short of the summit. Details will be confirmed as soon as they return to Base Camp tonight.

On Kangchenjunga, the rope-fixing team that tried to reach the summit yesterday should return to Base Camp today.