The End of Winter: Retreat on Cho Oyu and Everest

Gelje Sherpa’s team is battling the elements on Cho Oyu but it might have been in vain. Early this morning, the Nepali team proceeded with a last-minute summit push. It was one final push to try and reach Cho Oyu’s summit on the last day of the winter season.

Gelje Sherpa approached Cho Oyu’s East Ridge earlier today.


At 1 pm Nepal time today, Gelje Sherpa’s tracker placed him close to the East Ridge. Despite the usual glitches (common when the device is in remote areas and carried beneath several layers of clothing), the tracker clearly showed that one hour later, he had turned around and lost altitude. It appears that he reached one of the high camps at around 7,500m.

Unfortunately, the team is not sharing information on their progress. We are therefore left to wait for reports from the support team in Kathmandu.

On Everest, Jost Kobusch has also retreated. At noon Nepal time, he was back in Camp 1 at the base of the Lho La col.

Jost Kobusch’s location on Everest at noon today. Photo: RealityMaps