Update: Kangchenjunga, Annapurna, and Makalu Summit Pushes

Kangchenjunga is living up to its reputation as one of the toughest 8,000’ers. It has made the summit push a nightmare for Imagine Nepal’s rope-fixing team.

“The climbers had to turn around between 8,400-8,500m,” Saad Munawar told ExplorersWeb from Base Camp. “Last night, there was a big snowfall and I think that caused a lot of problems because they kept losing their way.”

The descent is apparently troublesome. Sirbaz Khan of Pakistan is safely back in Camp 4, but when he contacted BC, some members of the Sherpa team were still struggling down from the upper sections.

Photo: Wikipedia


While snow makes the confusing upper sections of Kangchenjunga, the easternmost of the 8,000’ers, even harder than normal, conditions on Makalu and Annapurna remain two thumbs up. The Sherpa team by Seven Summit Treks may try to reach the summit of Makalu in the next few hours. A large number of Sherpas are fixing the ropes at Camp 4, and those with 7ST may be preparing to go for it, according to Adrian Ballinger.

Ballinger’s own Alpenglow Sherpa team is helping fix the ropes but they will not continue above Camp 4 for the moment.

Karl Egloff (in tent) and Nico Miranda. Photo: Karl Egloff


Two strong Ecuadorians

Among Alpenglow’s foreign climbers, Karl Egloff and Nico Miranda accompanied the Sherpas to Camp 4 yesterday, then sped back down to Base Camp. Without O2 and with little acclimatization, the two Ecuadorians are putting in a remarkable performance.

On Annapurna, both the Sherpas and the clients in 8K Expeditions are ready to leave Camp 4 for the summit. They too hope to make it tomorrow. Adriana Brownlee, with Seven Summit Treks, said that she would leave for the summit at 8 pm local time, so she should be on her way by now. She rested for a few hours in her Camp 4 tent at 7,000m.

Some of the 8K Expedition team on Annapurna. Photo: Lakpa Sherpa

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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