Winter Everest: Kobusch Speeds Up

Everest Winter 8000ers
Jost Kobusch's position as of this evening. Graph: Reality Maps

Jost Kobusch is speeding up on his solo Everest climb. Today, he left his tent on the Lho La and progressed up at a good pace for the entire day on the Tibetan side of Everest’s West Ridge. According to his latest position, he reached 6,457m by 7:30 pm Nepal time, well after nightfall.

Unless there is a glitch with his tracking device, which happened last year, Kobusch has climbed 150 vertical metres higher than on his last foray two days ago. He is either bivouacking or has established his third high-altitude camp.

Jost Kobusch at the beginning of the route. Photo: Jost Kobusch

Unlike last year, Kobusch does not have the usual base camp on the Khumbu Glacier. Rather, between forays up the mountain, he stays at a lodge in Lobuche. He pitched a tiny Camp 1 tent at the beginning of the icefall leading to Lho La. Atop that pass, he placed his second camp.

Last year, Kobusch reached 7,366m. This time, he intends to get to the base of the Hornbein Couloir, at 8,000m. This would mark his final dry run before next winter’s third expedition, in which he will try to go all the way to the top, alone.


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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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18 days ago

Kobusch good luck.

17 days ago

Thanks for the update! Jost is proving that you really can climb Everest from the Chinese side even when it’s closed. He’s almost to his high point that he reached in 2019. He surely is moving fast and seems really motivated. Good luck on making it to 8,000 meters and maybe….. beyond?

fred west
fred west
13 days ago

He is back down at 4989m resting

12 days ago

Wow, super cool. Is solo climbing only banned on the Nepal side? Also, how’d he arrange to climb from the Chinese side at all? I would love to know to arrange my own expedition.