First Summits on Dhaulagiri — At Least 22 on Top

Mingma G and his team led a large group of climbers to the top of Dhaulagiri today, according to Imagine Nepal’s Dawa Sherpa.

Summiters included some familiar names, such as Jill Wheatley, the visually impaired Canadian climber who reached the true summit of Manaslu last fall. IFMGA guide Vinayak Maya of Nepal and veteran American climber Chris Warner also topped out.

Imagine Nepal’s very strong Sherpa team included Mingma G’s companion on the first Winter K2 summit last year, Kilu (Kili) Pemba.

Imagine Nepal’s team heads for the summit of Dhaulagiri yesterday. Photo shared by Dawa Sherpa


Dawa Sherpa has submitted a preliminary list of summiters:

1. Mingma Gyalje Sherpa (aka Mingma G)
2. Sashko Kedev
3. Keval Hiren Kakka
4. Tracee Lee Metcalfe
5. Christopher Bernard Warner
6. Gina Marie Rzucidlo
7. Haakon Aasvang
8. Hong Dong Juan
9. Anurag Reddy Nallavelli
10. Naoki Ishikawa
11. Jill Wheatley
12. Dawa Kamey Sherpa
13. Dawa Gyalje Sherpa
14. Chhiring Sherpa
15. Vinayak Jay Malla
16. Tamting Sherpa
17. Sonam Tashi Sherpa
18. Jit Bahadur Sherpa
19. Kili Pemba Sherpa
20. Thundu Sherpa
21. Pemba Tenzing Sherpa
22. Aangdu Sherpa

Sykaris – maybe on the next rotation

Antonios Sykaris of Greece is also on the mountain, climbing independently with Dawa Sherpa. He and Dawa are setting their own camps along the way. Sykaris recently reported that they established Camp 2 on Thursday. Here, they met Mingma G and his team on their summit push.

Mingma G offered to let Sykaris join them, but Sykaris declined. He felt that he needed more acclimatization and didn’t have all his summit gear with him.

“Although I have disagreed with Mingma G in the past, I admire this tough man immensely,” said Sykaris. “I consider him the best climber in Nepal…[and he’s] only 36 years old.” The disagreement, which Sykaris doesn’t explain, occurred during a failed 2019 Makalu attempt.

Antonios Sykaris (right) with Imagine Nepal’s leader Mingma G. Photo: Antonios Sykaris

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

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

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Mikel Echeverria
2 months ago

Hi Angela, thank younfor the article. Any update on Carlos Soria?

2 months ago

I love it when tourists disagree with their guides on high altitude.

2 months ago
Reply to  blabla

Sykaris is far from a tourist, get educated before you post nonsense comments

2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

He was being guided by Mingma G at the expedition in question tho.

2 months ago
Reply to  blabla

Sykaris was an accomplished, experienced and well trained mountaineer.
Dawa Sherpa was accompanying him but was not his “guide”.
They got support for logistics just up to base camp and opened their way on the mountain and carried their own gear. They were alone on the mountain.
Dawa, after helping Sykaris for 16 hours after the summit, is now stuck at camp 3 exhausted and waiting for help. He has two small kids.
Please, avoid stereotypes…

Shivering Yeit
Shivering Yeit
2 months ago

Interesting. So we have 12 Sherpa hauling 10 Ferengi up that peak.

Last edited 2 months ago by Shivering Yeit
MV Alvarez
2 months ago
Reply to  Shivering Yeit

No, you have the sherpas appointed to fix the rope on the normal route in Dhaulagiri this year and 2-3 sherpas guiding climbers, exactly the same as it is done in the Alps, Rockies Mountains, Andes, Tatras… These kind of ugly comments are very fashionable, but in Dhaulagiri, nobody transports anybody.

2 months ago
Reply to  MV Alvarez

I’m pretty much done trying to correct blatant misinformation like you’ve written there, but I think it needs to be stated that you are wrong, and what you have written is misleading about the nature of current Himalayan 8000m ‘climbing’.

It’s also insulting and disrespectful to qualified guides who are tied to their clients over technical terrain, not constantly jumaring fixed ropes or carrying bottled O2 and all their equipment for them.

The two practices are in no way “exactly the same” and it is damaging to present it as such.

Alan Humphreys
Alan Humphreys
2 months ago

Just celebrate these great Sherpa climbers and tourist wish I was there, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿