Winter ends on Everest without an ascent – says mountaineers flock

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Winter climbs are difficult and riskier due to snowier terrain, shorter and colder days and a narrow summit window compared to the busy spring when hundreds of mountaineers flock to Everest.

“We also had some close calls with avalanches yesterday. It’s frustrating, we’re strong and willing to go on, but conditions are unforgiving!,” Txikon posted on his Facebook page.Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 8,850 metres (29,035 feet), has not been climbed in the Decemer-February winter season from the Nepali side since 1993 when six Japanese reached its top along the Southeast Ridge route.ncessant snowfall and avalanches have forced teams to abandon their bid to achieve the first winter ascent of Everest in more than quarter of a century.Four Sherpa climbers led by 34-year-old Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, an eight time Everest veteran,ended a rare expedition to climb Mount Everest in winter and within just five days because of heavy snow, officials said on Thursday.They had almost got to their third camp at 7,100 metres (23,293 feet) when they decided to abandon the expedition, Thaneshwar Guragai, a manager of the Seven Summit Treks agency, said.

Winter temperatures near the summit of the world’s highest peak regularly plunge below minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), while strong winds make it even riskier.In those conditions exposed skin freezes in less than five minutes, putting climbers in serious danger of frostbite.he post came hours after a Nepali team of four Sherpas who were attempting a speed winter ascent announced they were ending their expedition from just below Camp 3 after “34 hours of fresh and soft snow”.The only other climber this season, German alpinist Jost Kobusch attempting an Everest climb without supplemental oxygen and Sherpa support, said on Wednesday that he was descending to base camp after reaching 7,360 metres.”Could even have continued, the weather seemed to be holding up, but my intuition told me: stop,” he posted on his Facebook page.

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