Nepalis Summit Baruntse!

It’s almost hard to believe during this somber year, but this has been summit week in Nepal.
One day after the Bahrainis made it to the top of Manaslu, the local Nepal Tourism Recovery Expedition 2020 summited 7,129m Baruntse. The seven-member team, led by Dawa Steven Sherpa, left Camp 2 earlier today and reached the top shortly after noon.
The summiters were: Naga Dorjee Sherpa, Samden Bhote, Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Pemba Tshering Sherpa, Samir Jung Thapa and Tsering Thundu Sherpa. Everyone made it safely back to Base Camp.

There is no news of other local teams currently climbing in Nepal, so this week’s summits will likely mark the end of the climbing season. After Nepal’s supposed opening raised the hopes of foreign climbers and trekkers, the government yesterday reversed its course and closed the country for a further month, prompted by a spike in COVID-19 cases. American Dan Mazur of SummitClimb, for example, was hoping to send a team to Ama Dablam but has since put all plans on hold. “We need to wait until coronavirus cases subside,” he told ExplorersWeb.

Other outfitters, such as Furtenbach Adventures, had already canceled their autumn expeditions to Nepal weeks ago. “It was clear that this autumn season would not happen because of rising [COVID-19] numbers,” said Lukas Furtenbach.


Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with

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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Mike Long
1 year ago

There are two local climbers currently attempting an unclimbed peak near Jugal Himal