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Himalaya wrap-up: Cho Oyu BC crowding up, Nones for a new route

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

More teams are reaching Cho Oyu BC and ABC; Italian Walter Nones will only join the crowd during first stages before tackling a new route on the peak’s west face.

There are new additions on Manaslu ranks.


Alberto Zerain and mates Txingu, Gotzon and Edorta have moved BC from Rongbuk East glacier to Rongbuk glacier, right in front of Everest’s North Face. The weather was still bad according to the Spaniards latest news yesterday.

The Italian expedition sharing the goal with Zerain checked in from Zegar yesterday. For the first time they saw the sun shinning on top the Tibetan plateau. Meanwhile, on the other side of Everest, Eric Larsen is also slowly approaching and enjoying the first post-monsoon sun beams in Pheriche.

Cho Oyu

Two years after losing his mate Karl Unterkircher on Nanga Parbat Rakhiot face, Italian Walter Nones is finally returning to high altitude climbing. The goal is Cho Oyu, via a new route on the mountain’s west flank. “I intend to avoid the traffic jams by climbing a rocky spur which raises on the west side from 7,000 to 7,500 meters,” he told Montagna.org. 14x8000er summiteerSilvio Mondinelli will be on the spot too, with four other climbers.

Walter is currently on the way to BC together with Giovanni Macaluso and Manuel Nocker, however, it is unclear whether his mates will attempt the new route or climb via the normal route.

Meanwhile, the guide for SummitClimb, Max Kausch, checked in from Chinese BC yesterday. “There are many expeditions here,” he wrote. “Chinese authorities have mentioned over 50 expeditions climbing Cho Oyu this season.”

The front-line team on Cho Oyu’s normal route right now is IMG’s, with climbers already acclimatizing on their first round to C1. They had the Puja ceremony already last weekend.

A team from Ukraine led by Igor Svergun is on their way as well. Members are Serguey Bublik, Andrew Kyiko, Alexander Zakolodny, with a previous attempt on Manaslu last spring, and some more members on their first Himalayan experience.


Carlos Pauner reached BC yesterday. “Surprisingly, there is no snow in BC, which will make setting up much easier,” his home team noted. Fellow SpaniardOscar Cadiach will depart towards the mountain next week, teaming up with daughter Julia Cadiach and mate Xavi Perez.

Dream Guides team are in Samagaon.

American Cleo Weidlich is the appointed leader of the “East Meet West Manaslu Expedition”, outfitted by Asian Trekking and also including Hungarians Eva Baranyl and Zoltan Janosi; Chinese Sumiyo Tsuzuki, Kristine Kravcova and Chi Sing Tsang; and Latvians Voldemars Sprozs, Viesturs Varpins and Atis Plakans.

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