Viridiana Alvarez Summits Cho Oyu

Today at 12:20 pm Nepal time, Viridiana Alvarez of Mexico reached Cho Oyu’s summit. Alvarez is the only remaining client on the team from Climbalaya/Seven Summit Treks. She is supported by a group of Nepalese and Tibetan climbers, but their names and further details will have to wait until they return to Base Camp.

Viridiana Alvarez with a yak.

Alvarez at Cho Oyu Base Camp. Photo: Viridiana Alvarez


Alvarez couldn’t take part in last week’s summit push with Kristin Harila and photographer Matias Myklebust because of a swollen ankle. Harila, engaged in a 14×8,000’ers speed record attempt, topped out on Cho Oyu at that time with Tenjen Sherpa and Ngima Rita Sherpa. Today, Harila summited Makalu.

Before Cho Oyu, the entire Climbalaya team (including Sophie Lavaud) summited Shishapangma on April 26. Chinese climber, Don Hong Juan summited alongside two Tibetan climbers. According to 8,000’, she is the first woman to reach the true summits of all 14×8,000’ers.

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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