Japanese Pair Make First Ascent of 1,100m North Face of Ausangate

It took them five hard days, but Yudai Suzuki and Kei Narita of Japan have made a first ascent of the north face of 6,384m Nevado Ausangate in the Peruvian Andes.

They named the route “Japones Directo” (1,100m, 5.10a, WI6).

Climbing up the new route.

On the new route. Photo: Yudai Suzuki/Kei Narita


Each of those five days on the mountain presented different problems, including overhanging ice and deep, soft snow at altitude.

“It is definitely the most challenging climbing of my life,” said Suzuki.

Photos on the ascent.

During the ascent. Photo: Yudai Suzuki/Kei Narita

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.