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

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Chefo
Chefo
2 months ago

Grace in a C4?

Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chefo

Doubt it, probably down by now, although it is strange there is no news. Hopefully all are down safe.

Chefo
Chefo
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter Flynn

She is at camp 4, but i dont know whats next…up or down…

Praeriepanther
Praeriepanther
2 months ago
Reply to  Chefo

She never reached C4. She waited at C3. Sherpas fixed to C4 and set camp, then retreated and waited for the winds to subside to launch a summit push. It didn’t materialize so they descended and finished the expedition. They should be on the trek out now.

Lalena
2 months ago

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Sadi.elkayam
2 months ago
Reply to  Lalena

Listen I read the letter sent from the Russian mountain climbers directly to Putin, the letter was so beautiful and exciting just a pity Putin with a heart of stone

Jmaf
Jmaf
2 months ago

Any news on Cho Oyu? As I understood it, winter was a secondary goal to opening a new route for tourists. Will they continue to try to open the new route in the spring season?

Jerry Kobalenko
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Jmaf

See story just up.