Updated: Kangchenjunga Summits

Gelje Sherpa and other members of his team have reached the 8,586m summit of Kangchenjunga at 1 pm local time.

Seven Summit Treks’ CEO Chhang Dawa Sherpa, who is in touch with Gelje by satellite phone, reported the news.

Gelje Sherpa on Manaslu last month. Photo: Gelje Sherpa

 

Dolma Outdoor Expedition listed the summiters: Tseng Ko-Erh of Taiwan, and Nelpalis Nima Gyalzen Sherpa, Gelje Sherpa, Dakipa Sherpa, and Pasang Rinjee Sherpa.

This is the first Kangchenjunga expedition to succeed in autumn since 2004, according to the Himalayan Database, Dolma noted.

Kangchenjunga is client Tseng Ko-Erg’s fifth 8,000m peak. It is also Gelje Sherpa’s 12th. It’s an important landmark on his path to becoming the youngest 14×8,000’er summiter. This was .

However, he has not yet reached the main summit of Manaslu. Given the current debate, it is unclear whether he will try or rely on The Himalayan Database’s decision to accept foresummits until 2022. Ironically, part of the team that he worked with on Manaslu last month did reach the highest point, but Gelje stopped at a foresummit.

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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Apy
Apy
8 months ago

Congratulations to all. Quite a feat for such a small team. I wish them a safe descent. Outfitter Dolma Outside has given the names of all the summiters and some additional details:
https://www.facebook.com/dolmaoutdoor/

don't be evil
don't be evil
8 months ago
Reply to  Apy

Why is she hesitating to publish the names of the Elite Expedition team who reached the true summit of Manasalu? Is it because she doesn’t like to give any credit to Nirmal. At some point she was claiming that no one other than the members of Imagine team reached the true summit. I would have thought that senior reporters would do better than that. There are many instances when she bent backward to praise European climbers I remember earlier this year when Kilian Jornet was at Everest, his team released very little information about their plan, however it did not… Read more »

jams
jams
8 months ago
Reply to  Apy

Huffing tanks of O2 and jugging up fixed lines meh. More impressed by the route setters then the clients following them up.