Kangchenjunga Summit Push Tonight, Annapurna’s Tomorrow

Summit pushes are going according to plan: Climbers on Kangchenjunga will leave from Camp 4 tonight. On Annapurna, the final push will begin a day later.

At Kangchenjunga Base Camp, a large number of climbers are waiting for Imagine Nepal’s rope-fixing team to report on their progress. Saad Munawar confirms that Sirbaz Khan is safe in Camp 4 and preparing to set off for the summit tonight.

“They fixed lines till 7,700-7,800m this morning,” Munawar said. Khan has not used supplementary O2 on his six partial trips up the mountain. As we previously reported, he will try to avoid bottled gas throughout the climb and descent.

Sherpas on Annapurna fixed the route until Camp 4 today, Chhang Dawa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks wrote. They may keep fixing sections along the summit ridge tomorrow. Meanwhile, most clients reached Camp 3 between yesterday and today. Tomorrow, they proceed to Camp 4, then set off for the summit in the early hours of April 28.

Annapurna. Photo: Chhang Dawa Sherpa

The speed ladies

Among the Annapurna clients, two young women are aiming for trendy 14×8,000m records. Adriana Brownlee of the UK is climbing with Seven Summit Treks, accompanied by Gelje Sherpa. At 21, she hopes to become the youngest person to complete the 14×8,000’ers. She began her quest just last year, with Nirmal Purja’s Elite Exped, by bagging Everest, Manaslu (foresummit), and Dhaulagiri.

Brownlee checked in today from “lower” Camp 4 and confirmed that she’ll try to summit Annapurna on April 28.

Kristine Harila of Norway, climbing with 8K Expeditions, aims to emulate Purja by climbing all 14 8000’ers in just six months. Harila came up with the idea after summiting Everest and Lhotse last year. She climbed Everest with Madison Mountaineering, in perfect conditions. Harila then left for Lhotse with two Sherpas, summiting 12 hours later.

Kristine Harila of Norway, at Annapurna BC. Photo: Kristine Harila

 

Now in Camp 3, Harila has managed to team up with another client and three Sherpas.

Taiwan’s Grace Tseng has been silent lately. Her expedition leader, Nima Gyalzen Sherpa, last reported four days ago from Base Camp. He said that weather permitting, they would try to summit by “the end of April”.

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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