October 7, 2023: A massive avalanche struck the primary climbing route on Shishapangma earlier today, catching climbers in the midst of their summit push, according to sources. Initial information suggests that at least two climbers are unaccounted for following the incident, as reported by base camp officials.
Among the climbers embarking on the challenging ascent were some of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, including Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja, Mingma G Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, Tenjen Lama Sherpa, as well as American climbers Anna Gutu and Gina Marie, Tejan Gurung, and several others. As the situation unfolds, sources are working tirelessly to gather more details about the incident.
The avalanche serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable and perilous nature of high-altitude mountaineering, highlighting the inherent risks that adventurers face while pursuing their dreams on some of the world’s most formidable peaks. Our thoughts and hopes are with those affected by this tragic event as rescue and recovery efforts continue.