•      Fri Dec 1 2023

Two climbers scale Mt Putha Hiunchuli

Kathmandu, Nov 9: At least two mountaineers climbed Mt Putha Hiunchuli.

The two climbers—Lakpa Sherpa from Nepal and Johannes Lau from Germany stood atop the 7246m peak of the mountain on November 2 at around 12:40 pm, said MingmaSherpa, Chairperson of the Seven Summits Treks (SST), a leading Kathmandu-based trekking and expedition company.

The achievement was part of an expedition that included 18 mountaineers attempting the mountain.

Led by Steffen Kiefer, a mountaineer and managing director, head of the Department Asia and America, the expedition was organised by AT Reisen, a Germany-based trekking and expedition agency, in collaboration with SST. SST was the logistics partner for the expedition.

Despite their multiple attempts to make a push for the summit, the remaining 16 climbers in the expedition were prevented from reaching the summit due to challenges posed by harsh climate conditions including strong winds, said Mingma.

While the expedition was ongoing, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred with its epicenter in Jajarkot district, the western part of Karnali Province, adding another layer of challenges to the expedition, he said.

The mountain is located towards the Jajarkotside. Sherpa from Sankhuwasabha district is a record holding climber. He set a record by scaling Mt Makalu (8,481m) three times in 16 days becoming the only climber to make the most ascent of 8485m peaks in a single season.

He also climbed many mountains including Everest, Manaslu and Lhotse.

About Putha Hiunchuli

Putha Hiunchuli, sometimes referred to as Dhaulagiri VII, one of the most beautiful mountains compared to other 7000m peaks, lies in the Dhaulagiri mountain range of the Himalayas in Nepal.

Standing tall at 7,246m above sea level, the mountain is the 33rd highest peak in the world. It was first climbed in 1954 by James Owen Merion Roberts and Ang Nyima Sherpa.

Attempting the mountain presents significant challenges due to its remote location and technical difficulties involved. Climbers are required to cut through high altitudes, challenging weather conditions and technical difficulties ranging from crevasses, icefalls and steep slopes.

Given a range of possible challenges during an expedition, experienced guides and a well-organisedteam are recommended for climbers attempting the mountain.