29/10/2023: A team of five Russian climbers is on the brink of embarking on their ultimate ascent of Mt. Cho Oyu, from the Nepal side, in the coming days, as confirmed by the expedition organizer. Iswari Paudel, the Managing Director, disclosed that the team led by Andrey Vasiliev is fully prepared to undertake the final push after spending a couple of nights at the base camp.

Paudel further revealed, “Based on the most recent communication, the Russian alpinists are planning to commence their summit push from the base camp around October 30 or 31.” Currently positioned at an elevation of 6,700 meters, the team is in high spirits and ready to take on this challenging endeavor.

The Russian alpinists, including Andrey, Vitaly Shipilov, Viktoriia Klimenko, Sergei Kondrashkin, and Kirill Eizeman, have obtained the necessary climbing permit to tackle the formidable Southwest Ridge from the Nepal side. Notably, this same route was previously attempted by Nepali teams in 2021 and 2022, although they ultimately had to turn back after reaching a maximum height of 7,600 meters during the winter season.

As part of the Himalayan Guides Cho Oyu Expedition organized by Ice Eight Thousand Pvt Ltd, Vasiliev, Shipilov, and Kondrashkin have already reached an impressive altitude of 7,350 meters, positioning themselves on the ridge just before the summit. On October 25, they spent the night in a snow cave at 7,200 meters, according to the Russian Mountaineering Federation. This marks a significant step toward their ultimate goal of conquering the majestic Mt. Cho Oyu Nepal side.

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