Kobusch Progresses on Everest, Manaslu Trailbreaking Resumes, Ugly Weather on Nanga Parbat

Jost Kobusch at his Camp 1 on Everest. Photo: Jost Jobusch

Good weather returned to the Himalaya with the New Year, and so did the progress on the mountains.

Jost Kobusch did a long foray up Everest West Ridge. He left for Camp 1 on January 1, reached 6,300m yesterday,  and now is back in Camp1, according to his live tracker. He has set his small Camp 1 tent at a higher location than in 2021. “It’s at the base of the wall…It’s more efficient,” he explained.

Stef Maginelle and Sophie Lenaerts in Samagaon on January 1. Photo: Sophie Lenaert

Manaslu

On Manaslu, Stef Maginelle and Sophie Lenaerts reached Samagaon village on New Year’s Day, just 24 hours after leaving Belgium. They flew to the village, where they met Simone Moro. The Italian then helicoptered back to Base Camp, but the Belgians chose to trek that stage. Manaslu Base Camp is typically 4.5 hours by foot from Samagaon, but the recent heavy snowfall surely made the going longer and harder.

Climbers on Manaslu’s lower slopes. Photo: Oswald Rodrigo Pereira

Oswald Rodrigo Pereira reported that a group of Sherpas started breaking trail in fresh snow on December 31, “slowly regaining metre after metre of trail after the massive snowfall.”

Nanga Parbat

Meanwhile, in Pakistan’s Himalaya, Nanga Parbat is showing climbers its hardest winter face. Bad weather has enveloped the area since January 1 and likely won’t improve for several days.

Herve Barmasse reads in a very cold Base Camp tent. photo: Herve Barmasse

The teams are doing their best to do some brief acclimatization rounds, despite the bad weather. The shock wave from a recent avalanche prompted them to move their Base Camp to right below the Schell route, which will likely be the line they follow up the mountain.

In addition, David Gottler has somehow managed to do some paragliding, below.

Paragliding near Nanga Parbat area in winter. Photo: David Gottler

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Ewa
Ewa
19 days ago

Thanks for the updates, just one small correction: I think Camp 1 is now lower than on Jost’s last attempt in 2020 and Camp 2 is now where Camp 1 used to be, on the col Lho La (6000 m). So he added an extra Camp half way up to the col. If you check the tracker, you can see he spent a couple of nights there.

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