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François Cazzanelli and Marco Camandona on the summit of Lhotse
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Marco Camandona and François Cazzanelli pointing towards Lhotse
Photo by archivio Marco Camandona, François Cazzanelli
Everest seen from the summit of Lhotse
Photo by archivio Marco Camandona, François Cazzanelli
François Cazzanelli on the suit of Everest
Photo by archivio Marco Camandona, François Cazzanelli

Himalayas: Marco Camandona and François Cazzanelli summit Lhotse, Everest updates

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The Italian alpinists Marco Camandona and François Cazzanelli have climbed Lhotse without supplementary oxygen. The latest updates from Everest.

Italian mountaineers Marco Camandona and François Cazzanelli have reached the summit of Lhotse, at 8516 meters the fourth highest mountain in the world, without the use of supplementary oxygen. The two Valle d'Aosta mountain guides are currently descending and have let their team know they are doing well.

Lhotse is Camandona’s is eighth 8000er without O2, while its the first for young Cazzanelli. The success concludes an important week: six days ago Cazzanelli guided with the use of O2 Italian astronaut Maurizio Cheli to the summit of Everest, helped by Sherpa Ramesh Gurung and Nima Rima Sherpa. Camandona, on the other hand, had abandoned a summit attempt with his client because the supplementary oxygen needed to guarantee the safety of all expedition members arrived at the South Col too late.

After almost 10 days of "perfect weather" there has been a record-breaking number of Everest sumits. The alpinist and chronicler Alan Arnette estimates around 640 (409 from Nepal, 231 from Tibet), almost all with supplementary oxygen. Inevitably there have also been several deaths unfortunately, notably 35 year-old Japanese Nobukazu Kuriki who perished close to Camp 2 at 7200 meters. This was his eighth attempt at scaling Everest without supplemental oxygen. Damai Sarki Sherpa died after falling into a crevasse near Camp 2 on the Nepalese side of the mountain, while Pasang Norbu Sherpa died at 8550m during a summit push from the Tibetan side while working for the 7 Summits Club commercial expedition.

Marco Camandona 8000ers
2018 - Lhotse 8516 m
2016 - Makalu 8463m
2014 - Kangchenjunga 8586 m
2010 - Everest 8848 m
2006 - Annapurna 8091 m
2000 - K2 8610 m
1998 - Cho Oyu 8210 m
1998 - Shisha Pangma 8048 m

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