More Summits: Kangchenjunga & Makalu

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Kangchenjunga Base Camp. Image by 7Summits treks.
Kangchenjunga Base Camp. Photo: Seven Summit Treks

Large expeditions are seemingly applying Everest tactics on all the Nepal 8000’ers: Strong Sherpa teams go ahead of clients and take shifts to break trail and fix ropes to the very top, thus achieving the first summits of the season.

Earlier today, the latest all-Nepali summiters stood atop the third and fifth tallest mountains on Earth, Kangchenjunga and Makalu. A large number of clients should follow them from Camp 4 tonight. The successful climbers included six on Kangchenjunga — Lakpa Sherpa, Dawa Phinjok Sherpa, Phurba Sherpa, Ang Dorchi Sherpa, Furwa Dorchi Sherpa and Mingmar Sherpa — and five on Makalu — Sanu Sherpa,  Nima Sherpa, Chhangba Sherpa, Mu Dorchi Sherpa and Lakpa Thinduk Sherpa.

The Kangchenjunga climbers summited by mid-afternoon, while those on Makalu  reached the top of the so-called “Great Black” at 8:45am local time.


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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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2 years ago

Sad really that mountaineering has come to be so demeaning.

10 months ago

I had a dream some time ago that a cable car was operating on Mt. Everest. Actually, it was a nightmare. Sagarmatha was all in dark grey colours and the sky was almost black. I woke up with a feeling something was gone. Something very important.