First Everest Summits. On Kangchenjunga, Strong Winds Abort Push

Yesterday at 8.15 pm, 10 sherpa rope fixers summited of Everest from the Nepal side. They were Dendi Sherpa (leader), Tenjing Gyaljen Sherpa, Pemba Tashi Sherpa, Lakpa Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, Lakpa Rinjee Sherpa, Namgyal Dorjee Tamang, Dawa Rinjee Sherpa, Pam Dorjee Sherpa and Suk Bahadur Tamang, according to Chhang Dawa Sherpa in The Himalayan Times.

Short afterward, foreign climbers and their guides started their push. Others have flown back to Everest Base Camp by helicopter after resting for a few days in Namche Bazaar. Nepal has issued 414 climbing permits for foreigners.

The normal routes on the Chinese and Nepalese sides of Everest are open. Lhotse also has fixed ropes to the summit, so climbers can begin their final pushes as well.

Today at 4 am, Ukrainian climber Valentyn Sypavin and his sherpa Sanu became the first to top out on Everest after the rope fixing team.

a crazy line of climbers up Everest

Clients and guides have started up Everest. Photo: Alex Abramov


Kangchenjunga and Nuptse

There is currently not much information on the recent summit push on Kangchenjunga.

At last word, the rope fixing team was trying to reach the summit, and it seems that several clients were also on a summit push during the night. Uta Ibrahimi of Albanian-Kosovo posted a short message last night on her Garmin tracker:

“Summit push. As much as I tried, carrying all my oxy[gen], things still didn’t go well. Now in Camp 4 resting. I don’t know what the others are doing. Came down myself.”

Ibrahimi turned around at 7,424m and has since descended to Base Camp.

Sajid Ali Sadpara reported on social media that strong winds and heavy snow turned him and others back from about 7,700m on their summit push today. He says they will try again.

Finally, Garrett Madison has reported that his group summited Nuptse.

Uta Ibrahimi.

Uta Ibrahimi. Photo: Uta Ibrahimi

Kris Annapurna

KrisAnnapurna is a writer with ExplorersWeb.

Kris has been writing about history and tales in alpinism, news, mountaineering, and news updates in the Himalaya, Karakoram, etc., for the past year with ExplorersWeb. Prior to that, Kris worked as a real estate agent, interpreter, and translator in criminal law. Now based in Madrid, Spain, she was born and raised in Hungary.