Last-Minute Summit Push on Cho Oyu; No Word From K2

The 8,000m climbers in Nepal are trying till the last moment of the winter season to get as high up as possible, but the wind is not giving them a break.

After some days without internet connection, Gelje Sherpa checked in from Camp 2 yesterday, before heading up on a last-minute summit push. Conditions were reportedly tough, with high wind and snow falling.

“This will be hard but we don’t want to miss out an opportunity to try,” Gelje wrote. However, he has not moved since yesterday, according to his tracker.

Meanwhile, there is no news from the second team on Cho Oyu.

Gelje Sherpa’s tracker at 4:30 pm local time today.

 

On Everest, Jost Kobusch has not moved for the last two days. His latest climbing plan was to stay put in Camp 3 until February 28, when the wind is expected to diminish. Then he will try to get as far up as possible, or down, if conditions don’t improve.

Jost Kobusch climbs towards Everest’s West Shoulder two days ago.  Photographer Daniel Hub shot the action from 5.5km away. Photo: @terragraphy

Strange silence on K2

Strangely, there is no news from K2. Grace Tseng’s social media team continues to add photos but gives no information about her current whereabouts. The latest news, which came yesterday, stated that the team had aborted its summit push and were going down from Camp 3. (It is unknown if they tried to get any farther before turning around.) By now, Tseng and her Sherpa guides should be back in Base Camp. They are supposed to leave the mountain tomorrow or Tuesday.

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Apy
Apy
2 months ago

Update 8.00pm NT Gelje reaches 7.000mt

David Shu
David Shu
2 months ago
Reply to  Apy

Any update about the trekking signal ?
It seems the wind will be around 35km/h and sunny until 2/28 night.

Last edited 2 months ago by David Shu
Apy
Apy
2 months ago
Reply to  David Shu

At 9.00pm CET at 7.200m

Jack
Jack
2 months ago
Reply to  Apy

Any new updates from Cho Oyu summit push?

David Shu
David Shu
2 months ago
Reply to  Apy

Thanks a lot for updating the situation. How about now ? Are they pushing to the summit now ? Thanks in advance.

fred west
fred west
2 months ago

All climbs have terminated