I just got a phone call from Philippe at camp 4, 7700m. Philippe, Ludovic, CĂ©dric (Swiss) and 3 sherpas successfully made a camp 4-summit-camp 4 round trip this night/morning in just below 14 hours. Kangchenjunga, 8586m, is bagged!
Since the first ascent in 1955, 243 climbers has reached the summit, only 3 French; Michel Parmentier and Jean-Jacques Ricouard in 1981, and Pierre Beghin in 1983. Ludovic Challeat and Philippe Gatta becomes 4th and 5th French!
Philippe Gatta. Photo: Anna Gatta
Alexia and Ben turned around at 8200m and is now walking down towards camp 3 or even camp 2. The are both fine but I think they felt too tired to go on. Gorgan didn’t feel good enough to start the summit push and went down and might even be in base camp already. Conclusion – everyone are ok, that is what counts.
Christian Strangl and a russian guy also made the summit.
Philippe will stay in camp 4 today to recover from the tough night and tomorrow everyone will be back in base camp.
Route on South West face.
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