Monday, July 22, 2024
2023 News

Shishapangma summit success


‘Cimbalaya’ have reported success on Mount Shishapangma!

“Today Kristin Harila, Sophie Lavaud, Matias Myklebust, Viridiana Alvarez Chavez, Chhiring Wanchu Sherpa, Ngima Rita Sherpa, Tenjen Sherpa and Pemba Tenjin Sherpa have successfully topped this afternoon , time and full details TBC.

A huge congratulations goes out to the team and wishing them a safe descent.”

Kristin Harila is attempting to climb all of the 14 8,000s within 6 months!

Shishapangma, also called Gosainthān, is the 14th-highest mountain in the world, at 8,027 metres above sea level. In 1964, it became the last of the 8,000-metre peaks to be climbed.


Kristin Harila gave a quick reaction to her feat on Thursday…

“Thank you so much for all the congratulations on our Shishapangma summit. We are now in Thingri, and I will share the story from Shisha soon. However, as promised, I’m giving you my side of the story to Dawa’s post.

We didn’t start the #bremont14peaks project together, I did.
I sold my home, and I was working day and night to find sponsors. And yes, I am, with their help, paying everyone for the work they do for me.

When we started climbing Annapurna a year ago there was no plan to do all 14 together. In fact, Dawa didn’t even climb it with me. After 3 mountains I asked if Dawa and Pasdawa wanted to climb all 14 with me, because I thought it was nicer to share to record, and we were a great team.

After Manaslu, I realized that 8K was not the right fit for me as a company for both logistical and other reasons, including not being able to help me with getting visas to Cho Oyu and Shishapangma last year. So I decided to continue the project with SST, to finish the last two mountains. Of course, I asked both Dawa and Pasdawa if they wanted to come with me. But I got no answer.

“She Moves Mountains” is a NEW project, a new attempt at the 14 peaks. Despite this and rumours of Dawa and Pasdawa trying to take the record without me last year, I still invited them to join me in Tibet this year. Why? Because it would mean so much more to do it together, give them the credit they deserve.

Sherpas do a huge job for all climbers. They are strong, friendly and so important to the climbing community. I would have never achieved what I did last year without them. Also, they would not have achieved what they did without me. We were a team! And this is the case for all climbers and sherpas on the 8000m.

Dawa, Pasdawa and I met the day before I left for Tibet. We had the permits to climb the two mountains, but still had to apply for visas. The fact that I got it and not them is, unfortunately, beyond my control. I really wanted them to join me. It was with a heavy heart I realised that I had to leave without them. But my new project required me to leave right then.

I am disappointed and sorry it ended this way.
Thank you for reading!”