K2 and Cho Oyu: Sherpas Advance Despite Strong Winds

Sherpas on K2 have managed to set up a lower Camp 3, about 200m below the usual summer location. Forecasts suggest worsening weather for the next two days, but the team will try to summit during the current rotation. This means that either they will keep climbing despite increased wind or they will hunker down in Camp 2 for a couple of days before resuming.

“February 17 could be summit day, but it’s…not yet fixed,” says outfitter Summit Karakoram.

Gelje Sherpa and his team on Cho Oyu have also advanced despite hard conditions.Β  In their case, wind made the climbers in Camp 1 hesitate. But after a discussion with the expedition’s meteorologist in Kathmandu, they proceeded to Camp 2.

Cho Oyu South Face: snowy, cold, and technical. Photo: Gelje Sherpa


After fixing more than 2,000m of rope, the climbers deposited O2, ropes, and tents at Camp 2. Then they retreated to Camp 1 in preparation for briefly worsening weather tomorrow. Still, Gelje remains optimistic.

“Hoping for the weather to hold a few days,” he wrote. “Next, we will fix the ropes up to the third and final camp before the summit.”

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

Angela Benavides 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 national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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4 months ago

Great reporting, well done, thank you πŸ‘πŸ‘

Don Paul
Don Paul
4 months ago

“One of the sherpas” pictured in the photo won’t be named, even though his life is on the line. The team led by Nims last year could barely do it, and weren’t trying to guide someone.

Jerry Kobalenko
4 months ago
Reply to  Don Paul

We only list names when they are provided.