Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Cho Oyu update, Pauner about Manaslu summit, Everest C4, Lama Geshe recovering.

News is expected from Santiago Quintero, virtually the last man standing on Cho Oyu; back at home, Carlos Pauner talks about the elusive Manaslu summit; and Eric Larsen waits for the Sherpas to fix the route on Everest. Far from his home in the Khumbu valley, Pangboche’s Lama Geshe slowly recovers from a stroke in a Kathmandu hospital.


“Manaslu summit is further than I had expected,” Carlos Pauner and Javier Perez told ExplorersWeb at arrival in Madrid airport today. “Sure, there is a col and then a sharp snow ridge, but when you get to what you think is the top, you still have to go down and further on, across two other bumps before reaching the real top from where the slope clearly drops down,” Pauner explained.

“On a previous attempt, I turned back at the col thinking I had only a few meters left to go. Now I see there was more. I suggest those interested in mountain stats to check Manaslu summit pics carefully before confirming them as valid,” he said, smiling.

Carlos also reported on his summit day. “We set off before anyone else on October 1, but the HiMex team soon passed us by. They were inhaling O2 at 4 liters per minute and thus going extremely fast. They took about three hours to get from high camp to the top”

Otherwise, Pauner is happy after bagging his tenth 8000er and looking forward to go for Lhotse in spring 2011.

Cho Oyu

Field Touring team, led by Fabrizio Zangrilli, finally called it a day on Cho Oyu. “It was simply too dangerous to proceed,” Zangrilli stated.

“They set off towards C2 yesterday, but the winds were very severe and it was a great effort just to come back down safely,” FTA home team reported. “Fabrizio did manage to make his way to C2 to clear the tents in 30km/hr winds and very cold temps though.” The team expects to leave BC tomorrow.

Meanwhile, news is expected from Ecuadorian Santiago Quintero, reportedly trying to top-out today from C2 in spite of high winds.”


Eric Larsen waits in BC while the Sherpa team fixes the route to the South Col. All going well, Eric aims for a summit attempt within two weeks.

Lama Geshe recovering from a stroke

Lama Geshe, from Pangboche Monastery, is slowly recovering from a stroke suffered in September 20. Geshe, 79, is the highest ranking Buddhist Lama in the area. “Almost every climber to the Everest region visits him to receive a blessing before their climb,” Alan Arnette reported. “For many climbers and trekkers, this is one of the highlights and life long memory of their visit to Nepal.”

Alan provided details on his website and set up a donation fund, directed by Geshe’s son, Jigme Sherpa. Himalayan climbers familiar to the Khumbu region hurried to post comments of concern and best wishes for the Lama, who blesses climbing teams for a safe foray up the mountains.

“There has been about $800 in donations thus far,” Alan told ExplorersWeb earlier today. “Lama Geshe is better but looking at five months in Kathmandu.”

“My father is doing better day by day,” Jigme Sherpa confirmed. “Now that he is conscious he always talks about returning back home in Pangbohce. He has always loved the mountains and the fresh air that you can feel there. He also wants to eat food grown in the Khumbu valley. [However], he will be here in Kathmandu for at least five or six months.This is the best for him, as in the Khumbu there are no health facilities and further services that might be required to assist him.”

News from Pakistan: 2011 porters wages

Pakistan Ministry of Tourism has decided to adopt the rise in porters wages for 2011 to the inflation rate of the country (i.e. 11.73%). Planned overall wages will reach 455 Pakistan Rupees per stage, plus extra fees for each high passage crossed, rest days, kit allowance and meat money.

Links to fall 2010 Himalaya teams:


Italian Hornbein Team
Eric Larsen


Jordi Tosas


Sechu López
Carlos Pauner
Dream Guides
Carlos Soria

Cho Oyu:

7-Summits Club
Santiago Quintero

Lesser peaks

Puryear & Gottlieb – Labuche Kang

* Previous story :

Himalaya Fall 2010: Summits On Manaslu and Cho Oyu.

Himalaya Fall 2010: Avalanche on Dhaulagiri – three Japanese climbers and one Sherpa missing.

Himalaya Fall 2010: Avalanche May End Season On Cho Oyu.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Cho Oyu summit push take 2, Manaslu teams ready.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Summit plans buried in the snow.

Himalaya Fall 2010: Climbers Injured In Avalanche on Cho Oyu.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Everest summit push plans, TMA team deserts Cho Oyu.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Everest sieged from both flanks, Cho Oyu C2, Manaslu C1.

Himalayan 2010 wrap-up: the season’s soaked kick-off.

ExWeb special on Everest 2010: The autumn of the solo climbers.

Youngest On Everest Update: China Sets Age Limit On Everest.

Youngest On Everest Update: Nepal Grants Sherpa Permission.

Youngest On Everest: Worst Fears Realized?

Everest 2010: Busy Weekend At The Summit.

Everest 2010: Jordan and Apa Summit!

Everest 2010: Teams Moving Up, Summit Bids Tonight!

Everest 2010: North Side Summit!

Himalaya 2010 climbing season: Edurne Claims Number 14, Summits on Everest!

Everest 2010: Weather Window For Sunday?

Everest 2010: More Teams Prepare For Summit Push.

Everest 2010: Teams Hit BC!

Everest 2010 wrap-up: hello Base Camp.

Everest 2010: Jordan Romero Leaves For Kathmandu, Tibet Is Open!

Everest 2010: Tibet Still Closed? Ice Doctors Going To Work!

Himalaya 2010 climbing season: Kathmandu Busy, Base Camps Showing Signs of Life.

* Related Links :

Himalaya Autumn 2010 expeditions.

Previous on fall 2010 Everest teams

Everest & Himalaya 2010 Season’s End Chronicle, take 5: Special report – The Spring of Annapurna.

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