Two Russians Aim to Climb and Ski Everest No-O2

Russian climbers and extreme skiers Vitaly Lazo and Anton Pugovkin aim to climb Everest and make the first complete ski descent, all without supplemental oxygen. The two Snow Leopards have already arrived in Nepal.

Photo:Death Zone Freeride

Photo: Death Zone Freeride


Last fall, Poland’s Andrzej Bargiel also attempted this project. He reached 8,000m but strong winds and heavy snowfall forced him to call off his summit push. This was Bargiel’s second attempt. The successful K2 skier first attempted his Everest ski in 2019.

Back in 1996, Hans Kammerlander made a no-O2 ski descent of Everest’s north side, but he started 300m below the summit. In 2000, Davo Karnicar of Slovenia made a complete ski descent of Everest from the south side but he used bottled oxygen.

Szilard Suhajda.

Szilard Suhajda. Photo: Szilard Suhajda


Meanwhile, Szilard Suhajda of Hungary, who wants to climb Everest without O2 or personal Sherpa support, has already started acclimatizing by summiting 5,546m Chukkung Ri. The peak lies in the same region where David Goettler usually trains and acclimatizes. Last year, on his third attempt, Goettler successfully summited Everest in the same style that Sujada is attempting.

Before heading to Everest Base Camp in mid-April, Suhajda plans to train for 10 to 12 days at about 5,000m. He will then acclimatize on Everest for four weeks before launching his push for the summit in the second half of May. Suhajda has already summited Broad Peak, K2, and Lhotse without bottled oxygen or Sherpa guides.

Kris Annapurna

KrisAnnapurna is a writer with ExplorersWeb.

Kris has been writing about history and tales in alpinism, news, mountaineering, and news updates in the Himalaya, Karakoram, etc., for the past year with ExplorersWeb. Prior to that, Kris worked as a real estate agent, interpreter, and translator in criminal law. Now based in Madrid, Spain, she was born and raised in Hungary.