Updates: K2, Ama Dablam, Patagonia

Following Garrett Madison’s success, another foreign team is heading to Ama Dablam. Lukas Furtenbach’s group is currently quarantining in Kathmandu before heading to Ama Dablam, Mera Peak and the rarely climbed Nirekha, a technical 6,000’er close to Gokyo. “What an extraordinary privilege to climb in Nepal in absolute solitude,” said Furtenbach. “This is once in a lifetime.” All members have tested negative for COVID more than once to ensure that they are not going to spread the virus in the Khumbu Valley.

Nirekha (in background) is a rarely climbed 6,100m peak in the Gokyo area. Photo: Lukas Furtenbach


Meanwhile, climbers continue to confirm for winter K2. The latest is Pakistani’s winter expert, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, who will climb with his son Sajid and Iceland’s John Snorri.

Muhammad Ali Sadpara, the first winter summiter on Nanga Parbat. Photo: Ali Sadpara


Those hoping to explore the southern hemisphere may finally a chance: Chile, home of the Torres del Paine and Cerro Torre massifs, opens its borders to foreign tourists on Monday. Requirements for entrance include a negative PCR test (done less than 72 hours before boarding) and a health insurance policy covering COVID-19. However, Argentina’s Aconcagua National Park will remain closed this season to foreigners. Only one small hospital services both the nearby El Calafate and El Chalten areas.

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

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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