News from Everest and Makalu
The fifteen year-old Sherpa Temba Tcheri will attempt to become the youngest person to climb Everest. At Makalu the "Aquila" install ABC while various team members are evacuated due to High Altitude Sickness
The youngest to climb Everest
The fifteen year-old Sherpa Temba Tcheri left Kathmandu at the beginning of April for Everest in his bid to become the youngest person to climb the highest mountain on earth. Last years attempt stopped a few hundred meters short of the summit on the Nepalese side, as Temba Tcheri was forced to turn back due to difficult climatic conditions. During his retreat he suffered frostbite and parts of his fingers needed amputating. Temba Tcheri, who has received financial support from the Nepalese Authorities, his school and private local enterprises, will now attempt Everest from the Tibetan side and has joined and international expedition.
Even though the weather seems to be improving slightly, it had not been benevolent so far rain and snow continue to fall on the Himalayan 8000m peaks.
Base Camp has seen an unusual flurry of helicopter activity as nine expedition members have been evacuated due to high altitude sickness. Four members of the American expedition - the only expedition planning to climb the East Face and not the Normal route - have been taken back to Kathmandu, as has an Austrian team member struck down with pneumonia. Guy Cotter (colleague and partner of Rob Hall and Adventure Consultants) has been forced to evacuate two team members after a reconnaissance of Makalu and a traverse of the Three Hills. Conversely, the ten members of the Italian Aquile di San Martino di Castrozza e Primiero expedition are in perfect health and have already installed Advanced Base Camp. They will soon be met by their group of trekkers at Base Camp (organised by Focus World Expeditions).
(by Manuel Lugli - Focus World Expeditions)
(top: Everest, Lhotse and Makalu - photo F. Tremolada)