Autumn 2013 | Climbers Arrive at Base Camps

Majority of climbers attempting the 8000m peaks this autumn, have just arrived at their respective Base Camps and are getting ready to go up. Puja ceremonies are being performed before the Sherpas and mountaineers start climbing the mountains. A two men Italian team will attempt Lhotse this autumn, 5-member Argentinean-American Expedition has already reached C1 on Makalu, whereas several commercial expeditions have arrived at Manaslu and Cho Oyu BCs. Shishapangma climbers are also arriving at ABC.

Lhotse
Italians Edmond Joyeusaz and Federico Colli arrived in Kathmandu on September 1st and flew to Lukla on 6th. They are currently trekking and acclimatizing in a nearby valley, before heading towards Lhotse BC. The duo will also be attempting a ski descent from Lhotse top. They will be climbing the mountain in 'pure style' i.e. without supplemental oxygen, fixed ropes or high altitude porters. Videographer Carlo Limonta is also part of the team, who will be documenting the expedition using a drone mounted camera.

Makalu
The Argentine-American team reached the Makalu Advanced Base Camp at the start of this month and has started working on the mountain. On September 7th, they were in C1 and were trying to reach C2. As per them, there is a lot of snow on the mountain.

Cho Oyu
Almost all Cho Oyu teams have reached the mountain. After spending fair amount of time during bus ride to BC and trek to ABC, they are now set to climb the mountain. Majority of teams reached ABC in fair weather but last night, it snowed mildly. Yesterday, a team guided by Ben Jones went up from the ABC for acclimatization. They turned back from mid-way towards C1.

Iranian Azim Gheichisaz and Spanish Ferran Latorre are expected to have arrived at Intermediate BC today. They will be trekking to ABC, tomorrow. American Alex Barber, Mingma Sherpa, Georgian Gia Tortladze and Bruce Gibbens from Australia are other members of the team.

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Cho Oyu ABC; Source

Manaslu
Some of the Manaslu climbers are still trekking to the mountain, while others have started the climb. Alan Arnette’s team made a quick 5-hour round trip to C1, yesterday. They are currently in BC. The plan is to go up again on 14th and reach C2, before returning to Base Camp on 17th.

Romanian climbers left Kathmandu on 4th and arrived at Sama Gaon on 10th. They will start the climbing activities from tomorrow.

Austrian Ski Expedition team has just arrived at Sama Gaon, today. They will be resting and packing the stuff for the BC trek, tomorrow. Once at Base Camp, they will rest for a couple of days, before starting the climb.

Italian duo Alice Cavallera and Alberto Pacellini, Turkish Tunc Findik, British Army Expedition team and few other large expeditions have also reached Manaslu BC and are now getting ready for the climb.

Shishapangma
International Shishapangma Expedition team, Eelco Jansen, Frank Lotthrincx and Danilo Callegari, are still acclimatizing in Tibet, before heading to the mountain. They are hoping to reach the ABC, tomorrow (on Friday).

Led by Rich Emerson, the British Ski Shishapangma team arrived at Chinese BC on September 4th and moved to ABC on 7th. After a day’s rest, they started gear shifting to an intermediate site at 5840m. Their plan was to go further up to 6200m on 11th and establish C1, there.

Polish climber Andrzej Bargiel and Spaniard Carlos Soria are currently on the way to the mountain, whereas Hungarian lady Erzsebet Lestak is expected to have reached the ABC, by now. Her team was at Chinese BC on 8th. Kobler-Partner expedition also arrived at ABC on September 9th.


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