Makalu Summits - Updated

Several climbers reached the summit of Makalu this morning (exact count not available, as teams continue descent to lower camps). The ascents follow a long wait in uncertain weather conditions, since first summits on the mountain on May 12th.

The summit push began on May 20th, when majority of climbers headed up from ABC (5700m) to C2 (6600m) in not-so-favorable conditions. Strong wind created doubts about the fate of summit attempt. Nonetheless, the conditions improved as climbers moved upwards. Few climbers started the ascent on May 21st.

After spending nights in C3 (7400m) and C4 (7800m), summit push was launched this morning. Good conditions and fair weather has been reported during final push.

Following is the list confirmed summits as of now (list will be updated as further details arrive). Austrian Martina Bauer apparently turned back few hundred meteres below the summit.

1. Ferran Latorre (Spain, 12th Eight-thousander without bottled Oxygen)
2. Arjun Vajpai (India)
3. One Sherpa with Arjun (Nepal)
4. Atanas Skatov (Bulgaria, summited Annapurna, Reached 7900m on Dhaulagiri earlier this season)
5. Boyan Petrov (Bulgaria, Climbed Annapurna on Apr 30th)
6. Marco Confortola (Italy, 9th Eight-thousander)
7. Marco Camandona (Italy, 7th Eight-thousander)
8. Sophie Lavaud (France, Kobler-Partner Team)
9. Lisa Röösli (Kobler-Partner Team)
10. Georg Bernhard (Kobler-Partner Team)
11. Maksim Cherkasov (Kobler-Partner Team)
12. Andreas Neuschmid (Kobler-Partner Team)
13. Ernesto Felix (Amical Alpin)
14. Pema Sherpa (Nepal)
15. Karma Sherpa (Nepal)
16. Hans Wenzl (Austria)
17. Nima Sherpa Chhiring (Nepal)
18. Chauwang Sherpa (Nepal)
19. Dorjee Sherpa (Nepal)
20. Gyaltsen Sherpa (Nepal)

Update: Approximately 29 climbers, including Sherpa, reached the summit on May 23rd. Names will be updated as we receive the information.

Earlier, four climbers Parvaneh Kazemi, one Sherpa, Nives Meroi and Romano Benet summited Makalu on May 12th, A day earlier (May 11th) several climbers including Ali Sadpara and Boyan Petrov had to turn back 150m short of summit due to slow progress.
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