Winter 8,000’ers: Urubko In Skardu, A New Member on Annapurna

Denis Urubko has finally reached Pakistan about 10 days late. He is en route to Gasherbrum I. Meanwhile, Moeses Fiamoncini of Brazil has joined the Winter Annapurna team. They are currently waiting for better weather to begin their summit push.

Acclimatization first

According to Urubko‘s expedition plan, he will spend January acclimatizing, and then climb Gasherbrum I in February. Local climber Hassan Shigri will accompany Urubko across the treacherous Gasherbrum Glacier, up to 6,500m. Urubko will then continue on his own toward the summit.

Urubko had a chance to explore the face carefully during his attempt to open a new line last summer, but he now intends to do a variation of the normal route.

Fiamoncini joins Winter Annapurna

In Nepal, Alex Txikon’s team continues to wait for good weather. Chhepal Sherpa recently posted some videos of their recent work in Camp 3, digging snow platforms for the tents:

Seven Summit Treks has confirmed that Moeses Fiamoncini of Brazil has joined the group.  We are trying to contact the Brazilian for details.

Fiamoncini attempted Annapurna last spring but retreated 70 meters shy of the summit. On the way down, he witnessed Indian climber Anurag Maloo fall into a crevasse.

Close shot of Moeses on a glacier.

Moeses Fiamoncini in the Karakoram last summer. Photo: Moeses Fiamoncini

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

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