Dhaulagiri Summits

Kristin Harila of Norway and the 8K Expeditions team summited Dhaulagiri today at 11:00 am Nepal time. “It turned out to be another challenging ascent, 14 hours hard work from Camp 3, 900m below,” Harila’s home team wrote.

Harila is currently making her way down the mountain, together with Pasdawa Sherpa, Mingma Thendu Sherpa, and Dawa Ongju Sherpa. There is no news about Trifish (real name: Chan Chiao-Yu) of Taiwan, who was also a member of the 8K group.

On the run

Dhaulagiri is the second successful peak in Harila’s ambitious project of summiting all 14 8,000’ers in 2022. To achieve this goal, she intends to climb Nepal’s six 8,000’ers this spring! Next, she flies to Kangchenjunga.

Kari Kobler’s expedition should have reached Camp 3 on Dhaulagiri today and leave for the summit around midnight tonight, aiming to summit on Monday.

Carlos Soria and Sito Carcavilla could not reach Camp 2 yesterday. Falling snow prompted them to turn around halfway and return to Camp 1, according to journalist Alessandro Filippini. He noted that the weather was better above 7,000m.

Sito Carcavilla (left) and Carlos Soria in Dhaulagiri’s Camp 1. Photo: Sito Carcavilla from Alessandro Filippini’s IG page

 

Hard conditions also prevented a Sherpa team from recovering the body of Antonios Sykaris. The Greek climber died on the mountain some weeks ago.

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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Apy
Apy
17 days ago

Update: according to his IG, Carlos & Co have now returned to BC on account of snow and high winds high up.

LZF
LZF
17 days ago

Harila did AN + DH in half the time of Nirmal Purja ! She’s doing just fine !

Yeti
Yeti
17 days ago
Reply to  LZF

Don’t forget that Nims had TERRIBLE weather on Dhaulagiri…

blabla
blabla
17 days ago
Reply to  Yeti

They were indeed the only team to top the summit that season as far as I remember

Max Madera
Max Madera
16 days ago
Reply to  blabla

Plus they were equipping AN as well and had to rescue an stranded mountaineer. The first two eight-thousanders were not easy for Nims. The following four were more standard. Not to take away her physical effort, but in Harila’s case everything is prepared before she moves up and on the other hand, she is just following Nims steps: the logistics is no longer novel (and I do not know if she will have all the economic problems that Nims had to face). So up to know, she is not adding to Nims performance anything valuable or anything new but her… Read more »

Fred
Fred
16 days ago
Reply to  Max Madera

The only unheard of thing Nims did was the time he did it in, and how he ended up ‘blackmailing’ China to let him, as the only team of that year to access his last mountain for the project. Nothing else was new during the project. Yes, his team did do some of the rope fixing, but the entire project wasn’t a groundbreaking mountaineering feat in any shape or form. Nothing new was done. As for Harila’s case, her project is mainly a gender ‘first’. She’s still doing as Nims, flying with helicopters everywhere. Compared to Nims, at least she… Read more »

Max Madera
Max Madera
16 days ago
Reply to  Fred

I disagree. Of course there is nothing new in terms of mountaineering. They climb well known routes, O2 and not light at all. But: Nims and his pals not only did the first two peaks by themselves, they also made K2 possible. GI and Broadpeak were not first, but basically alone. AFAIK they were also equipping Nanga Parbat and of course, they were alone in Sishapangma. There are reasonable doubts, and lots of helis, right. In addition, the logistics (order of climbing, etc.) was totally new. He had to arrange everything. Finally, I knew all the sherpas going with Nims.… Read more »

Fred
Fred
15 days ago
Reply to  Max Madera

I didn’t know all the sherpas in the team, nor did I stalk any social media, but I have after the fact tried to figure out who he summited each mountain with. In that endeavour I have failed. After the project hit Pakistan I struggled to find out anything. For the most part the only name that is mentioned, is himself. Even with O2 it is a monumental physical undertaking to summit several of these mountains in short succession, and for that they have my admiration, but so does people who complete the World Marathon Challenge. I strongly disagree with… Read more »

Max Madera
Max Madera
15 days ago
Reply to  Fred

On the contrary, I said that the project involves lots of logistics that you seemed to dismiss in Nims project. On the other hand, once the idea was developed and the project was finished, then the logistics for a repetition becomes much easier, especially if you have more money. I do not know how it will evolve, but up to know, Harila is just copying step after step of Nims itinerary.

Maysnow
Maysnow
17 days ago

Under the photo is written “Kristin Harila atop Annapurna some days ago.” , but I see 2 persons – – – is it unclear, who is it or is this a case of automatically “forgotten” to name sherpa?

Jerry Kobalenko
Admin
17 days ago
Reply to  Maysnow

If we don’t know a name, whether Western client or Sherpa, we can’t include it.

Dan
Dan
17 days ago

I sincerely hope I am wrong as I have been inspired and motivated following Carlos’ expeditions over many years but I just don’t see him getting the 8000ers done. Too slow and too cautious (I blame him for neither) and sometimes these mountains require a touch of speed and boldness.