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Annapurna: Climbers on Final Summit-bid! (Update: Summits)

Posted: Mar 24, 2015 02:18 am EDT

(By Raheel Adnan) Latest updates from the mountain depict that summit push is going forth on Annapurna as planned and Dreamers Destination expedition climbers may well have left for the top from C4 (7000m), a while ago. Climbing conditions on the mountain have been described as “very good” and weather is said to be “spectacular!”.

 

At camp 4 (7000m) on Annapurna North-face! Spectacular!” Finnish climber Samuli Mansikka tweeted on Monday night. He is part of international team consisting of three climbers from China, Iranian Reza Shahlaee, Macedonian Zdravko Dejanovic, Turkish-American Muharrek Aydin Imrak and five Nepalese Sherpa (Mingma G. Sherpa, Anggeli Sherpa and three others). As per communication from Nepal, they are targeting summit today.

The team reached Annapurna BC in first week of March and has made few acclimatization trips to C2. Idea was to benefit from pre-spring stable snow conditions. Weather is predicted to remain good till start of April when bad weather starts dumping snow on the mountain. Dreamers Destination team left BC for the summit on March 20th. Spaniard Carlos Soria’s team, who are currently resting at BC, will be starting summit-bid later this week.

Mingma G. Sherpa and Zdravko Dejanovic were on Annapurna last spring as well, when dangerous climbing conditions thwarted their summit push. Couple of weeks later, Romanian climbers had to be rescued from the mountain after another failed attempt in difficult conditions. There were no summits on Annapurna in 2014. Year 2013 is marked by two remarkable ascents from South side of the mountain (by Ueli Steck and by French duo Stephane Benoist and Yannick Graziani).

 

 

Update-1 | 1530hrs Nepal Time (Summits!!)

“All members and Sherpa are on top of Annapurna,” Mingma G. Sherpa just called Temba Tsheri Sherpa in Kathmandu to confirm the team’s success. List of summiteers will be updated as we receive further information.

 

This post will be updated as more information reaches us from the mountain.
 
 

Based in Pakistan, mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for Explorersweb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at Altitude Pakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.

 

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There were no summits on Annapurna in 2014. Year 2013 is marked by two remarkable ascents from South side of the mountain.
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