April 01, 2024: A group of determined climbers, led by seasoned expedition leader Chhang Dawa Sherpa, has arrived at the base camp of Mt Annapurna, ready to take on the challenge of scaling the world’s tenth highest peak this spring.

“We are currently at the base camp, undergoing acclimatization rotations to prepare for the final ascent,” Chhang Dawa Sherpa informed during a conversation from the base camp. The team, organized by Seven Summit Treks (SST), plans to send a fixing team to establish a climbing route up to Camp III tomorrow. Weather permitting, the climbers are expected to make their summit push early next week.

The fixing team comprises experienced climbers such as Pasang Nurbu Sherpa, Nima Tashi Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Ming Temba Sherpa, and Chhepal Sherpa. Among them is 17-year-old Nima Rinji Sherpa, hailing from Sangkhuwasabha, who is aiming to set a remarkable record by conquering his 11th peak above 8,000m. “Nima Rinji Sherpa, along with his climbing partner Pasang Nurbu Sherpa, is eyeing the Annapurna summit next week as part of his quest to become the youngest climber to scale all 14 peaks,” shared Chhang Dawa.

Additionally, Allie Pepper, a 48-year-old adventurer from the Blue Mountains in Sydney, is gearing up for her spring ascent on Mt Annapurna as part of her project “The Respect Above the Clouds 14 Peaks No O2.” Having commenced her journey in July 2023 by conquering Broad Peak in Pakistan followed by Mt Manaslu in September 2023, Pepper aims to complete the remaining 12 peaks by July 2025.

As per the Department of Tourism, a total of 24 foreign climbers, including 10 women forming two teams, have secured climbing permits for Mt Annapurna. Over 50 climbers, including Sherpa guides and support staff, have already reached the base camp to undergo acclimatization rotations, informed Chhang Dawa.