Carlos Soria, 79, Returns for a Ninth Attempt at Dhaulagiri


Carlos Soria can hardly have come much closer to completing the full set of 8,000m peaks. With 12 of the 14 already to his name, only Shishapangma and Dhaulagiri remain. Soria has already been agonizingly close to the summit of both. In 2005, he made it to the Central Peak of Shishapangma, and at 8,008m, he was just 19m below the main summit. In 2017, he was turned back a mere 100m from the summit of Dhaulagiri by deep snow.

Carlos Soria on Dhaulagiri in 2017. Photo: Correos

Indeed, it has been Dhaulagiri that has proven his most consistent foil. Eight times, Soria has attempted to scale the peak, and eight times he has been thwarted. On April 22, the eternally fit 79-year-old began his ninth attempt.

Soria, Carcavilla and Miguel Lopez at Base Camp last week. Photo: Carlos Soria

Soria had been acclimatizing by trekking with his family in the Khumbu Valley, before heading to Base Camp just a few days before the expedition began. In a Facebook update, the Spaniard set out their plans for the first phase of the expedition:

Tomorrow [we] will depart from Base Camp to Camp 1 on the mountain (at 5,700m). The plan is to sleep for two nights at this point and then to reach Camp 2 (at 6,400m).

More to come.

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Martin Walsh is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer based in Da Lat, Vietnam.

A history graduate from the University of Nottingham, Martin's career arc is something of a smörgåsbord. A largely unsuccessful basketball coach in Zimbabwe and the Indian Himalaya, a reluctant business lobbyist in London, and an interior design project manager in Saigon.

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Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions

I think Carlos Soria is one of the top best climber in the world. As a climber it wast really great to meet him last year in Kathmandu last Year.

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions

I ma sure that Mr.Carlos Soria is one of the top best Climber in the World. As a Climber i really respect him. it not easy to Climb 8000 meter peak in his age.