Annapurna has kicked off the season with a triumphant first ascent
According to expedition organizers, at least 54 climbers successfully reached the summit of Annapurna (8,091m), making it the first ascent of the season. Sajid Ali Sadpara, who is the son of the renowned Pakistani mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara, also achieved a successful summit of the peak without using supplemental oxygen, as reported by his expedition organizer, Seven Summit Treks.
Sadpara has achieved successful summits of K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum-I (8,080m), Gasherbrum-II (8,035m), and Manaslu without the aid of supplemental oxygen. His upcoming goal is to conquer three more peaks, namely Kangchenjunga (8,586 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and Makalu (8,481m), also without the use of oxygen, during the spring season.
From mid-March, climbers flocked to Annapurna base camp with the goal of summiting the peak by early April. Unfortunately, continuous snowfall disrupted their expedition, causing some teams to abandon their efforts and return to Kathmandu. Other teams decided to take a break from the mountain for a few days.
However, a team of Sherpas led by Pasang Nurbu Sherpa from Seven Summit Treks successfully secured the climbing rope to the summit on Friday morning. The teams from Imagine Nepal Treks and Elite Expeditions were also able to reach the summit.
The summit was reached by a team of six foreign climbers and eight Sherpas from Imagine Nepal. The climbers included Wang Zhong from China, Naoki Ishikawa from Japan, Sashko Kedev from Macedonia, Maria Alexandra Danila from Romania, Nadia Lisa Khoso from the UK, and Jill Wheatley from Canada. They were supported by Kili Pemba Sherpa, Tamting Sherpa, Phur Galjen Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, Tshering Samduk Sherpa, Suman Gurung, Ngima Nuru Sherpa, and Pemba Chhiri Sherpa.
Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, also known as Mingma G, led his team back from Camp II on Annapurna to participate in the search and rescue operation for his three missing guides involved in the Khumbu accident on April 12th. The avalanche was caused by a massive collapse of a serac in the Khumbu Icefall, which swept three of his climbers into crevasse
The rescue team has located a possible area where the three individuals may have been buried under an ice mass. In a Facebook post, it was mentioned that digging them out would require risking more lives, so they had to be left under the ice. Mingma G, the owner of Imagine Nepal expedition company, has also pledged to provide assistance to the families of the deceased on his birthday, as stated in his post on Friday.
The Expedition Operator's Association Nepal has assigned IMAGINE NEPAL to take charge of fixing the line above Camp II this season, a responsibility previously carried out by Seven Summit Treks. Mingma G , a renowned mountaineer and IFMGA Guide, along with his team of experienced Sherpa guides who are experts in fixing ropes in several 8,000-meter peaks, has started the rope fixing task. Unfortunately, an incident occurred during the early stages of the operation. Nonetheless, Mingma G's team persevered and continued with their mission. Notably, the three missing guides were not part of the rope fixing team.