Everest: Andrzej Bargiel Starts Summit Push

Andrzej Bargiel and his team left Base Camp at 4 am Nepal time today, beginning their push to the summit. They wanted to cross the hazardous Khumbu Icefall during the coldest hours, before the sun makes the ice more unstable. Their destination today is Camp 2.

They have not revealed their schedule, but since Bargiel is climbing without supplementary oxygen, he will need to stop at Camp 3 and Camp 4. The highest point he reached so far, during his previous acclimatization, was slightly below the South Col, at around 8,000m.

Bargiel pulls a rope in the middle of a mace of ice chunks covered in fresh snow, in a bright day.

Bargiel at the Khumbu Icefall during a previous trip up Everest. Photo: Pawlikowski Media

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She 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 local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.