Himalaya 2010 season wrap-up by Ang Tshering Sherpa

Posted: Oct 27, 2010 02:30 pm EDT

The loss of Chhewang Nima Sherpa in an avalanche on Baruntse last week has put a sad note to the end of the climbing autumn season. "Nepal has lost a great hero," states Ang Tshering Sherpa in an introduction to this seasonal update.

"Chhewang Nima Sherpa, 43, was caught in an avalanche at 7,045 meters on Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) while fixing rope to the summit at 4:30PM on October 23," Ang Tshering reminded. "His body has not been recovered and the search has now been called off. Chhewang Nima was a highly talented and dynamic mountaineer, greatly respected for his leadership skills. A 19-time Everest summiteer, his record had only been beaten by Apa Sherpa." News of his loss was shocking for his home country and the mountaineering community worldwide, Ang Thsering stated.

Story updated Nov2nd: Chhewang (Chuwang) Nima Sherpa has 18 Everest summits, not 19.

Next, the owner of Asian Trekking wrapped-up the climbing season, currently coming to an end as far as 8000ers are concerned, although action is still on at Nepal's 7000ers, 6000ers and trekking peaks.

Snow-loaded season

Nepal's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation issued two permits for Everest (south side), two for Lhotse, two for Dhaulagiri, and eight for Manaslu.

In Tibet, two permits were issued for Everest (north side), three for Shisha Pangma and 25 for Cho Oyu.

"This season was not that easy for many climbing expeditions because of the unfavorable weather conditions. However, six members of Asian Trekking's International Manaslu Expedition summited Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) on October 1, 2010. A total of 31 climbers summited Mt. Manaslu this fall season."

Cho Oyu summits disputed

"Similarly, three members of Asian Trekking's International Cho Oyu Expedition team summited Mt. Cho-oyu (8,201m) this autumn. Two members summited on October 2 and one more member summited on October 6. There are two more Cho Oyu summit claims which have to be verified with a summit picture and other evidence."

Editor's note: The investigated claims are seemingly those of the German Ralf Arnold, who submitted images yesterday; and the Argentinean Adrian Sanchez, whose summit report and images are still expected.

"Two members of the South Korean Shishapangma Expedition Team summited Mt. Shishapangma (8,013m) via the British Route on October 14."

Editor's note: Further information has been requested from Asian Trekking staff about whether the Korean team reached Shisha's Main or Central summit, due to altitude data discordances.

As for casualties: Japanese Osamu Tanabe,49; Toshio Yamamoto, 36); Daisuke Honda, 32; and Nepalese Guide Pasang Geylu Sherpa died in an avalanche on Dhaulagiri on September 28; Italian Walter Nones, 39, had a fatal fall on Cho Oyu SW face on October 3; Nobuaki Kuwabara, 61, of Japan died in Manaslu BC on September 24.

UIAA turning back to Himalayan climbing?

On other news, Ang Tshering repoted that the UIAA (International Union of Alpinism Associations) plan on reactivating the "expedition commission", who focuses on climbing taking place on the remote ranges. Next year they will meet in Kathmandu supporting Nepal's Year of Tourism 2011 campaign.

Meanwhile, the Nepal-Tibet Joint Coordination Delegation on Tourism met in Lhasa last month and the Tibetan members agreed to set up a Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service "as soon as possible".

"The Nepali delegation also put forward the proposal to allow Nepali helicopters regular access to the Mansarovar and Kailash area for rescue and charter services," Ang Tshering stated. No answer from Tibet-China was reported.

Also, the TMA organized a celebration party to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Everest's first ascent from the north side.




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Eric Larsen and his Sherpa team approaching Everest summit, the first bagged in autumn in a four-year period.
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
Ang Tshering Sherpa of Asian Trekking in Lhasa, during events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Everest's first north side ascent. He is surrounded by the 1960 summiteer Gompu and Mrs. Phendo, the second woman to summit Mt. Everest in 1975.
courtesy Ang Tshering Sherpa/ Asian Trekking, SOURCE