From the west of Nepal, the first eight-thousander summit successes of the spring season are reported. The Nepalese expedition operator “Seven Summit Treks” announced on Facebook that 31 mountaineers had reached the highest point at 8,091 meters today. Among the 14 foreign climbers mentioned is the Turk Tunc Findik. If the summit success of the 47-year-old is confirmed, it would be his twelfth eight-thousander. Only Nanga Parbat and the Gasherbrum I are then still missing in his collection.
“Project Possible” runs
According to the reports, Nepalese Nirmal, called “Nims” Purja, also stood on the top of Annapurna. Together with five Sherpas, he formed the team that fixed the ropes up to the summit. As reported before, the 36-year-old former soldier of the British Gurkha Regiment wants to scale all 14 eight-thousanders within seven months. Annapurna was number one. “Project Possible has officially began,” it said on Nims’ Facebook page today. In other words, the clock is ticking.
Update 24 April: The number of yesterday’s Annapurna summiteers has been increased to 32. The 49-year-old Wui Kin Chin from Malaysia, who also reached the summit, is missing.