Winter Manaslu Called Off

It is over for the climbers attempting winter Manaslu. Forecasts predict more snow and strong winds. Time has run out.

“It was undoable; this was a bad winter, alternating two sunny days, then two bad ones, and so on. It has stolen the team’s energy,” Alex Txikon said in a video.

“Of course, we could continue our efforts and climb to Camp 2 or Camp 3, but that’s not the goal,” Oswald Pereira said. “We don’t want to risk our lives or the lives of those working and climbing with us.”

There will be no more trips to Camp 1 this season. Photo: Oswald Pereira

 

“The problem is that you can’t really go beyond Camp 1. Camp 1  is protected, but afterward, when the real climbing begins, the danger of avalanches is high and the wind is a real problem,” Simone Moro added.

Ironically, the last three days on the mountain have been gorgeous. Unfortunately, the team can only use the sunny weather to pack up. The expedition lasted 58 days, but the climbers have spent long periods hunkered down, taking shelter from heavy snowfall either in Samagaon village or in Kathmandu.

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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Rodrigo
Rodrigo
4 months ago

Without a doubt, a wise decision will be able to return another year.

Vossi
Vossi
4 months ago

Und so wird es auch Jost Kobusch ergehen – wobei das von vornherein klar war.

Contadino
Contadino
4 months ago

But Maestro!!!???? Che Succede???!!!

You-Min Lin
You-Min Lin
4 months ago

Congrats to the safe return of all the members.

Sadi.elkayam
4 months ago

The climbers want to climb winter but are waiting for sunny days lol so do not get caught in winter because in winter there are winds and it snows a lot if I am not mistaken it happens in winter no? You will understand climbers waiting for sunny days in winter and more in the Himalayas

Sadi.elkayam
4 months ago

I love this site and articles it brings hot straight from the mountains it’s fun to read your articles thanks,