Spring 2013 | SUMMITs on Lhotse, Everest and Shishapangma

Himalayan Ascent members have reached Lhotse and Everest SUMMITs today, while climber from at least two expeditions reached Shishapangma TOP on 9th May.

Route to Everest Summit were fixed on 10th May, when a group of 11 Sherpas reached the top at 11:55AM, followed by David Tait and Lhakpa Nuru of Himalayan Experience Expedition (who reached the summit 25mins after rope-fixing team). It was David's fifth Everest summit.

Summits on 10th May:
1) Pasang Kami Sherpa (IMG)
2) Tshering Dorje Sherpa (IMG)
3) Phurba Tashi Sherpa (Himalayan Experience - 20th Summit)

4) Nima Tenzing Sherpa (Himalayan Experience)
5) Nawang Tenzing Sherpa (Himalayan Experience)
6) Gyalzen Dorji Sherpa (Himalayan Experience)
7) Kami Rita Sherpa (Alpine Ascents)
8) Phurba Kancha Sherpa (Alpine Ascents)

9) Shera Gyalzen Sherpa (Asian Trekking)
10) Pemba Tshering (Asian Trekking)
11) Kami Rita Sherpa (Adventure Consultants)

12) David Tait (Himalayan Experience client from UK)
13) Lhakpa Nuru (Himalayan Experience)

David Tait and Lhakpa Nuru at Summit; Source

David Liano who is aiming to become the first person to climb Everest from both sides in one season, gambled to go for summit on 11th May (Forecast showed chances of strong winds). David did face strong winds but managed to reach the top at 08:05AM local time. It was reportedly David's fourth Everest summit.

Summits on 11th May:
14) David Liano Gonzalez (Asian Trekking client from Spain/Mexico)
15) Samden Bhote (Asian Trekking - 4th Summit)

David Liano at Summit; source

Himalayan Ascent team started the climb from C4, yesternight at 9PM. It's reported that Peter O'Connell reached the top at 06:30AM with two Sherpas Nima and Mingma. While Margaret St Hill and Warren Townsend had to turn back from Hillary Step (8790m at 5.50am) and South Summit (8770m at 6.30am) respectively, due to rough weather conditions.

Summits on 13th May (reported so far):
16) Peter O'Connell (Himalayan Ascent from Ireland)
17) Nima Sherpa (Himalayan Ascent)
18) Mingma Sherpa (Himalayan Ascent)

(Update:1915Hrs PST) It's also confirmed that North side rope-fixing team completed the fixing task on 10th May, but list of Tibetan guides reaching summit is not available yet.

Ropes to Lhotse summit were not fixed until yesterday, but Himalayan Ascent sherpas finished the job, this morning. Chris Jensen Burke reached the top at 11:30AM local time. These are first SUMMITs on Lhotse this season.

Summits on 13th May (reported so far):
1) Chris Jensen Burke (Himalayan Ascent from Aus/NZ)
2) Chirring Sherpa (Himalayan Ascent)
3) Lakpa Sherpa (Himalayan Ascent)
4) Pasang Sherpa (Himalayan Ascent)

Shishapangma (Updated)
First group of climbers reached Shishapangma Main Summit on 30th April (Details Here). Second group of climbers was aiming to reach the summit on 9th/10th May. As of now, at least two expeditions have confirmed about their clients reaching summit.

Asian Trekking posted on 9th May, "Two members Mr.Zoltan Benedek of Austria and Mr. Batmanlai Ulzli-Orshikh of Mongolia reached the summit of Mt.Shishapangma this morning (9th May) at 11am Nepali Time and they are descending down and the rest of the groups are close to summit." - (no clarification whether they reached Central Summit or Main). Moreover, one Asian-Trekking member, Fabrizio Silvetti, reached Central summit on 10th.

Also, Kobler-Partner Expedition members reached the summit on 9th May at 10AM. List of K&P Summit team is given below. It's reported that they reached Central Summit.

AMICAL alpin team also left for summit on 7th May, but no further details are available.

Shishapangma Summits on 9th May with unknown status (Central or Main):
1) Zoltan Benedek (Asian Trekking client from Austria)
2) Batmanlai Ulzli-Orshikh (Asian Trekking client from Mongolia)

Shishapangma CENTRAL Summits on 9th May (reported so far):
1) Hans Peter Berchtold (Kobler-Partner client)
2) Richard Bolt (Kobler-Partner client)
3) Thomas Bolt (Kobler-Partner client)
4) Oliver Fricker (Kobler-Partner client)
5) Peter Gschendtner (Kobler-Partner client)
6) Kurt Kirchgatterer (Kobler-Partner client)
7) Rudolf Lehner (Kobler-Partner client)
8) Beni Zeiter (Kobler-Partner client)
9) Kusang Sherpa (Kobler-Partner)
10) Lila Sherpa (Kobler-Partner)
11) Nima Sherpa (Kobler-Partner)
12) Tensing Sherpa (Kobler-Partner)

Shishapangma CENTRAL Summits on 10th May (reported so far):
13) Fabrizio Silvetti (Asian-Trekking Client from Italy)

K&P at Summit; Source

Everest South conqueror David Liano and Shishapangma Summiteer Zoltan Benedek were supposed to reach Everest North BC today. They would be leaving for ABC on 16th May, hoping to reach the summit on 19th. (Update:1915Hrs PST) Rupert Hauer, who summited Shishapangma on 30th April has also reached Everest BC. He moved to ABC on 10th May and acclimatized to 7600m yesterday. Depending upon weather, Rupert is planning to reach summit between 18th and 21st May.

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