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Everest Updates – 20th May 2023


Updates from 20th May from those aiming to climb high on Everest in 2023 



Adventure Consultants

We left Basecamp on the 19th at 1am headed for Camp 2. Our departure had been delayed the day before by a slump in the ice fall that has since been repaired. The group did well with the long day to Camp 2 from base camp, a test of sorts in preparation for some big days ahead. Our Camp 2 has changed a little after it was hit by a windstorm last week. A few tents were damaged but all our critical systems and equipment survived so a few new tent flys later and we were back in business.
Today we’re all catching up on sleep and packing for the move to C3 tomorrow. At C3 we’ll start using oxygen which should help with movement, sleep and recovery. We’re all starting to get excited as we move closer to our Attack Camp on the South Col!



Andrew Aziz

At 5:20am May 19, 2023, I stood on top of the world. It was a journey of humbleness walking and fighting for my life with every step in 28,000ft and seeing sunrise on the highest place on the world. An experience no pictures or videos can describe.

We had the summit for ourselves, as we rushed from C4. We reached summit in 8hr from C4. It was very cold and windy and I came down with only a small frostbite in my left index finger. I can live with that for this memory.

I thought a lot about all BBT members. If I can do this you can achieve anything if you put your mind onto. Just look at my life story. You CAN do it too.

Thank you all for your messages and sending me energy: I could feel all your positive energies on the way up! Specially when I needed it.

I have to give it a shout out or my Sherpa legends team of Nimatenji and Dr Nima Sherla. At Hillary Step around 27,500ft, you have to cross few dead climbers. One was a 19 year old climber who passed away like 12hr before me. I could still feel his ambitious young adventurous soul in his body, resting in the mountains. I took a picture of him but I can’t share it here: Seeing him I was so scared and terrified. I signed with my hands my Sherpa I am terrified and I need to return. I was only 10 min from summit. He pushed me higher and said no keep going. At that cold weather and wind and with O2 mask on you don’t talk only speak with sign language.

I am forever grateful to Lakpa Nur Sherpa the strongest human being I have met in my life to push me higher, saving my life few times, and bringing me down safely. Without him I would have been given up and possibly dead resting in peace in Hillary step at 8,800m like those many dead climbers.




We all went directly to camp 2 yerterday our last ascent of the ice fall. Were all felling well, resting today.



Everest News

A deaf and mute Malaysian climber, who stood atop Mt Everest on May 18, has gone missing from South Col.
According to Nivesh Karki, director at Pioneer Adventure Pvt Ltd, Muhammad Hawari Bin Hashim, 33, has been missing since yesterday (19th) when he arrived at Camp 4.



Richard Walker

Greetings from Everest base camp. We are now safely back down after an eventful summit and three-day descent. A huge shout out
Kenton Cool and Dorjee Gyelzen for your guidance, and to Iceland foods for your unwavering support. We’re half way to our £1 million target for the @brainappeal.



Gelje Sherpa

You may all be wondering where is the summit photo?
Unfortunately no summit yet.
At the Balcony during our summit push around 8,300m I saw someone in danger. A man who needed rescuing and no one else was helping.
I made the decision to cancel our clients summit push so that I could bring him down to safety before he died up there alone.
I carried him myself all the way down to Camp 4 where a rescue team helped from then on.
I will be back up the mountain soon after regaining energy from a huge task but I am so happy to say he is alive and recovering in hospital.



Kenton Cool

Everest summit May 17th!!
@richardiceland and I along with @dorjee.gyelzen and @siddhi_ghising stood on top of the world just 3 days ago.
We were blessed with one of the most remarkable sunrises that I’ve experienced.
There is lots to process from the last week!!
More to follow!!



Imagine Nepal

𝗠𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗭𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗵𝗼𝘁𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀!

In just seven days, Mr Wang Zhong from China has set a new world record by climbing Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain on Earth. He arrived in Kathmandu on 13th May and flew to Everest Base Camp the same day. On 19th May at 1:55 pm NPT, he reached the summit of Mt Lhotse, which stands at 8516 meters.
Mr Wang has climbed five of the 14 eight thousand meters mountain, which includes Cho Oyu, Everest, K2, Annapurna, and Lhotse. He was accompanied by one of Imagine Nepal’s best climbing guides, Mr Lakpa Tenjin Sherpa, who was in Imagine Nepal’s Everest fixing team and made it to the summit of Everest on 13th May 2023.
The Imagine Nepal team congratulates Mr Wang and Lakpa Tenjin for their incredible achievement.



Climbing The Seven Summits

The last of our summit teams from the past few days are descending to the safety of EBC today. Julie and guide Tendi moved to c2 this morning looking to summit in a few days.



Kirk Ludwig

My dream of walking the summit ridge of Everest will remain a dream. A respiratory bug kept me from going above camp 2. Just could not breath properly. Thanks to Mike King @razamatazbuckshank and Lopsang Sherpa @lopsang_8848 for all your help and keeping me safe. Amazing adventure with much learned.



Roberto Terzini

Fear on top of the World: On a colder, more windy than expected night, with heat feeling below -40c and absolutely everything freezing (from water inside the thermal bottle, electronics and unfortunately mine and Sherpa’s oxygen masks… ), I confess that my feeling sitting up there was not of happiness, but of fear, distance from everyone I love and a huge desire to get out of there as soon as possible. It was the hardest night of my entire mountaineering journey and then seeing the amount of people with frost on their fingers/toes/face, it is clear that it was not an ideal summit window night. We were at the top early with like 5 more people because we managed to pass 40+ people over the 12 hours of climbing. When I was leaving, there was a huge line of people climbing. Not every dream come true comes without its challenges too.



Robert Jantzen

Congratulations to my team for successfully Summiting Mount Everest!!!
I had to end my summit bid at Camp 3 due to personal illness but I’m so proud of my co-guides, @quiqueclausen and @pembageljesherpa, for taking the team all the way to the top and back again safely!
Even without a summit myself this expedition was spectacular with one of the best prepared teams of climbers I’ve ever had the pleasure of guiding.
A huge shout out goes to all those who supported the entire expedition with their hard work behind the scenes. Logistics managers, cooks and kitchen staff, Basecamp workers, climbing Sherpa and too many more to mention. No one climbs Everest alone, we were lucky enough to have the best of the best both on the climbing side as well as the support side of our expedition.


Vladimir Kotlyar
We climbed to the top of the world’s highest mountain on May 16, around 2 o’clock. There was no one but us on the mountain at that time. But about that later because now I need a few days to recover completely 🙏🏻

Eat, drink, love – that’s my plan for the next few days. And after a well-deserved rest, I promise to tell you in detail about our climbing to Everest both in stories and posts.