Himalaya Spring 2009 expeditions.

Updated: Mar 1, 2009
Note: List is preliminary and subject to changes

EVEREST TRAVERSES

David Liaño’s S-N-S double traverse
Mexican David Liaño plans to climb Everest from the south side, traverse to Tibet – and then climb all the way back across the summit after a few days of rest. David, 29, summited Cho Oyu in 2004 and Everest in 2005. Last year, he summited Everest again, plus Lhotse.
davidliano.blogspot.com

Bill Burke’s S/N traverse
American Bill Burke is on his third attempt to reach Everest’s summit. Climbing from the south side, once on top he hopes to traverse down to Tibet. At 67, he would also become the oldest American to top-out Everest.
www.eightsummits.com

EVEREST SOUTH

Sherpa brothers to remain 24h atop
Nepalese brothers Pemba Dorje Sherpa (30), Nima Gyalzen I Sherpa (31) and Phurba Tenzing I Sherpa (20) will try to break Babu Chiri’s world record by staying on top of Mount Everest for 24 hours. Pemba (6), Nima (7) and Phurba (1) have achieved 14 Everest summits between them.
Pemba, who in 2004 bagged a speed record by topping-out Everest in eight hours and 10 minutes, told media he will be climbing without supplementary O2, while his brothers will use bottled gas.
Info on the climbers on Reuters.com

Richard Hidalgo’s NoO2 attempt
Peruvian Richard Hidalgo is climbing Everest without supplementary O2 or porters. He has previously summited Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu. Richard also attempted Manaslu in 2008.
www.perualhimalaya.com.pe

Singapore female Everest expedition
Six Singaporean girls hope to attempt Everest from Nepal in spring, 2009. The team summited Cho Oyu in 2007.
www.womenoneverest.com

Airborne Ranger Club of Finland
Tomi Myllys (35, leader), Arri Leino (36), Heikki Karinen (42), Arto Suolanen (35), Mikko Vermas (35), Jukka-Pekka Nurmela (42), Juha Ohtonen (41), Jussi Rahomäki (26), Timo Kemppainen (40), Antti Inkinen (33) and Esa Pietiläinen (BC manager, 44) hope to become the first all-Finnish team to summit Everest.
Members in the Airborne Ranger Club of Finland previously reached Shisha’s central summit in 2002 and attempted Everest from Tibet in 2005. Next year, the team is heading for the South Pole.
www.everest.fi

Spanish Iberic Everest expedition
Members are Spaniards Rafael Sánchez, Lolo Díez, Cesar and Bruno Pérez de Tudela (father and son), José García and Ecuadorian Paulina Aulestia.
www.everest2009.es

Manuel Pizarro’s Everest2009.ca
Canadian Manuel Pizarro is ready for his second Everest summit. After reaching the top from Tibet in 2007, now he’s giving a try to the south side, climbing together with long-time friend André Rossin-Arthiat.
www.pq.lung.ca/everest2009

Everest Colombia expedition
Juan Gonzalo Ospina (COL) will be leading a team comprising Anibal Piñeda, Daniel Calderón, Jorge Roa Valencia, Oscar Huérfano and Wilmar Marulanda.
everestcolombia.com

Kobold & Cross
Watchmaker Michael Kobold, 29, and Will Cross are climbing Everest from its south side. Kobold joined Ranulph Fiennes on a previous attempt in 2007, but had to quit after sliding his had open cutting food in BC. Back then he also met Everest summiteer Will Cross – at the time attempting Lhotse.
For this second go, Michael has received training from the U.S. Navy SEALs. According to reports, Ralph Fiennes will also be there, following the expedition with a BBC filming crew.
www.everest-challenge.com
www.willcrossmotivates.com

Altitude Junkies (+Project-Himalaya?)
Fully-supported team guided by Phil Crampton – who will also lead a team on Lhotse. The expedition may be launched together with Jammie McGuinness’ Project-Himalaya NZ-based outfitter.
www.altitudejunkies.com
www.project-himalaya.com

Mexicans Yuri and Laura (with Altitude Junkies team)
Mexican climbers Yuri Contreras and Laura González del Castillo are going for Everest after summiting Manaslu in fall, 2008. They’ll be members in Phil Crampton’s Altitude Junkies team.
www.yuricontreras.com

Ian Rogers’ Climb4Life (with Altitude Junkies team)
British Ian Rogers is joining Phil Crampton’s team for a first attempt on Everest, via the South Col/SE ridge route.
www.climb4life.co.uk

Peak Freaks
Owner Tim Rippel (US) is leading Canadians Patrick Bernier, Sylvia Moster, Dr. Ben Wittman, Todd Lavigne and Rod Smith; Mexican Gerardo López, German Jan Pflugradt and Israeli Daniel Keren on a fully-supported expedition. Assistant guide will be Canadian Craig Evanoff.
www.peakfreaks.com

Adventure Alternatives
Gavin Bate is guiding two clients on the SE ridge route. This will be Gavin-s fifth time on Everest.
www.everestpost.com

Adventure Consultants
The NZ-based outfitter is launching a fully-supported Everest expedition on the south side.
www.adventureconsultants.co.nz

Alpine Ascents International
The American outfitter is again launching a fully-supported expedition on Everest’s south side.
www.alpineascents.com

IMG
Mark Tucker will lead International Mountain Guides’ Everest expedition.The company offers both a fully-supplied trip and a non-guided option.
www.mountainguides.com

Mountain Madness
One more season, Willie Benegas will lead MM’s fully-supported expedition.
www.mountainmadness.com

Summit Climb
American Dan Mazur’s outfitter is launching an Everest expedition on the south side, led by Sam Mansikka.
www.summitclimb.com

Jagged Globe
The UK-based outfitter is launching a fully-supported expedition on Everest’s South col route.
www.jagged-globe.co.uk

Dream Guides
Fully-supported expedition led by British Kenton Cool.
www.dreamguides.com

Adventure Peaks
The trip is described on the outfitter’s website as a “professionally led, non-guided expedition for experienced mountaineers.” Appointed team leader in 2009 shall be either Stuart Peacock or Dave Pritt.
www.adventurepeaks.com

Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss expedition outfitter offers expeditions on both sides of Everest.
www.kobler-partner.ch

Ice8000
Henry Todd’s outfitter offers expeditions on Everest and Lhotse.
www.ice8000.com

Green Gibbon expeditions
www.everest2009.com

Yury Pritzker
himalayasdream.com

HimEx
Russell Brice is switching to Everest’s south side this year. His huge, fully-supported team includes five guides: Adrian Ballinger (Brit expat living in Colorado), British Shaun Huston, and new Zealanders Dean Staples, Mark Woodward and Mark Whetu (also expedition cameraman); expedition Doctor Monica Piris (from Spain), a large number of Hi Altitude Sherpas and BC staff, and a filming crew by Discovery Channel following the expedition.
Members in HiMex team are south African John, on his first Himalayan experience; French Antoine, Cho Oyu summiteer and with a previous Everest attempt on his resume; American Bruce and Chinese Oiu Xi Qiang, Jing, and Zhiwei. Check on other team members listed separately:
www.himex.com

David Tait – NoO2 attempt (with HiMex)
An Everest summiteer (2005) and traverser (2007), this times Briton David Tait hopes to top-out Everest without supplementary O2. Successful or not, this will be his last time on the mountain, he has stated.
www.davidtait.com

Adrian Ballinger (guiding with HiMex)
Although guiding for HiMex this season, Adrian also runs a guiding company of his own: Alpenglow expeditions.
www.alpenglowexpeditions.com

French Eugene Constant (with HiMex)
www.everest2009.fr

Billie Bierling (with HiMex)
German Billie currently lives in Nepal, working as a journalist, a mountain guide and assistant with Elizabeth Hawley.
www.billiebierling.com

Alec Turner (with HiMex)
Alec, from Fairbanks (Alaska) hopes to turn Everest into the first of his Seven Summits. Previously, he attempted Denali twice.
www.glacierboy.com

Megan Delanty (with HiMex)
A San Francisco resident, Megan attempted Everest in 2007.
www.megandelanty.com
hitopadventures.blogspot.com

Christopher Dovell (with HiM)
Currently living in London, Chris previously attempted Cho Oyu in 2007.
www.alpenglowexpeditions.com

Norwegians Hjertnes, Jacobsen and Rambøl (with HiMex)
Norwegians Asbjørn Hjertenes, Thomas Svane Jacobsen and Tommy Rambøl comprise a team on their own within HiMex’s logistics. They’ve all previously summited Aconcagua and Cho Oyu, among other peaks.
www.everest2008.no

Robert Kojetin (with HiMex)
Robby, from Durban (South Africa), has previously climbed Aconcagua, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro.
www.climbofhope.com

Gilad Stern (with HiMex)
Gilad lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
www.giladstern.co.za

Hellen Miller (with HiMex)
By summiting from Nepal in 2002, Hellen became the first American woman to summit Everest from Both sides – she had previously topped-out one year before after climbing from Tibet. Now she is back to the mountain, but apparently not attempting the summit again. According to expedition mates, she may join the team but eventually head for Lhotse.
www.womenontopoftheworld.com

EVEREST NORTH

Andrew Lock’s 14x8000ers grand final: Shisha Pangma + NoO2 Everest
Andrew Lock hopes to become the first Australian to complete the 14x8000ers list, by summiting Shisha Pangma. After Shisha he’ll attempt a no-O2 ascent on Everest’s north side on his own. Andrew has summited Everest twice before, both with supplementary oxygen.
andrew-lock.com

7Summits Club
Alex Abramov and his “7 Summits Club” is coming back to Everest Tibet side in spring 2009 with 16 members, 17 Sherpas, 5 guides and Doctor.
www.7summits-club.com

Lee farmer
After summiting Everest from Nepal last year, British Lee farmer is now joining an unguided private expedition to attempt the mountain via the North East ridge.
www.leefarmer.co.uk

SummitClimb
Dan Mazur himself is leading SummitClimb team on Everest’s Tibetan side.
www.summitclimb.com

Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss expedition outfitter offers expeditions on both sides of Everest.
www.kobler-partner.ch

7Summits.com
Launching a fully-supported trip on Everest’s north side in 2009.
www.7summits.com

China/Tibet cleaning expedition
“The Tibet Autonomous Regional Environmental Protection Agency plans to cooperate with the Tibet Mountaineering School in the first half of 2009 to conduct a comprehensive clean-up of Everest, according to Zhang Yongze, Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Environmental Protection Agency,” official sources reported.
Further info on Tibet.cn

Kangchenjunga

Alberto Zerain for his 7th 8000er
Spaniard Alberto Zerain is attempting Kangchenjunga in spring, 2009. Should he succeed, Kangchenjunga would become Alberto’s 7th 8000er. The Vasque climber has previously summited Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Hidden Peak, Gasherbrum II and, last year, K2.
Info on Alberto on Elcorreodigital.com

Annapurna

Koreans for Anna, Dhaula & Manaslu hat-trick
A five member-strong Koream team hopes to climb Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in spring, 2009. The climbers, outfitted by Ang Karma’s WindHorse Trekking, will follow the normal route on all three peaks. Prior to departure, the Korean team hoped to find new members to share climbing permits with.
www.wind-horsetrek.com

Minarik & Kopold for Anna’s South face
Czech Martin Minarik and Slovak Dodo Kopold are teaming up to attempt Annapurna’s sheer south face. Prior to departure on March 12th, the team was open to new members to share the climbing permit with. However, Minarik pointed out the offer was strictly limited to cost-sharing up to BC, since Dodo and Him would climb the face as an independent team.
www.martinminarik.cz
www.romanticczechtours.com
www.dodokopold.com

Makalu

Fabrizio Zangrilli guiding on the “Great Black”
American mountain guide Fabrizio Zangrilli is leading a team on Makalu, starting April, 10.
mbdclimbing.blogspot.com
fabriziozangrilliguiding.blogspot.com

Jorge Salazar for his 3rd 8000er
After summiting Broad Peak in 2007 and Everest in 2008, Mexican Jorge Salazar is now heading for Makalu.
Info on jorge on Montanismo.org.mx

Dhaulagiri

“Two Peters” Hamor & Morawski for a Dhaula+Manaslu double header
Slovak Peter Hamor and Polish Piotr Morawski are going for Dhaulagiri and Manaslu in spring, according to reports.
www. piotrmorawski.com
www.peterhamor.sk

Koreans for Anna, Dhaula & Manaslu hat-trick
A five member-strong Koream team hopes to climb Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in spring, 2009. The climbers, outfitted by Ang Karma’s WindHorse Trekking, will follow the normal route on all three peaks. Prior to departure, the Korean team hoped to find new members to share climbing permits with.
www.wind-horsetrek.com

Manaslu

“Two Peters” Hamor & Morawski for a Dhaula+Manaslu double header
Slovak Peter Hamor and Polish Piotr Morawski are going for Dhaulagiri and Manaslu in spring, according to reports.
www. piotrmorawski.com
www.peterhamor.sk

Koreans for Anna, Dhaula & Manaslu hat-trick
A five member-strong Koream team hopes to climb Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in spring, 2009. The climbers, outfitted by Ang Karma’s WindHorse Trekking, will follow the normal route on all three peaks. Prior to departure, the Korean team hoped to find new members to share climbing permits with.
www.wind-horsetrek.com

Joao Garcia for his 12th 8000er
Portuguese climber Joao Garcia is attempting Manaslu in spring, teaming up with Belgian Jean-Luc Fohal, and French Johan Jérémie Perrier. Should Joao succeed, the “mountain of the Spirit” would become his 12th 8000er – last year he summited Makalu and Broad Peak.
In addition to Manaslu, Joao has also Nanga Parbat and Annapurna left to complete the 14x8000ers list.
www.joaogarcia.com

German-Austrian Manaslu climb+ski descent
German Johannes Franke and Austrian Egon Rost are attempting to summit Manaslu via its NE side (the normal, Japanese route), and then ski down 3,400 vertical meters down to BC.
news on the team on Sz-online.de

Spanish Andalucia’s female expedition
Inmaculada Garrido (leader), Ingrid Medialdea, Tamara Romero and Lina Quesada are flying to Nepal on March 30th with sights set on Manaslu. The team will count on two high-altitude Sherpas.
The girls summited Baruntse last year as a preparatory climb. In addition, Lina Quesada is an experienced Himalayan climber: She has summited Everest, GII and Cho Oyu, and attempted Lhotse, Shisha Pangma and Broad Peak (twice).
www.linaquesada.es
www.fedamon.com

Rodrigo Fica – from Patagonia to the Himalaya
Chilean Rodrigo Fica (42) is heading for Manaslu, which he’ll attempt as an independent climber. Rodrigo is on his first Himalayan experience, since his regular playground is Patagonia: He was part of the team who achieved the first N-S complete crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
blogs.lasegunda.com/deportes/montanismo/rodrigo-fica

Amical Alpin
Rainer Pircher is leading a team launched by the Germany-based outfitter, starting on April 4th.
Amical.de

Jagged-Globe
After a first experience last year, the UK-based outfitter is organizing its second expedition on Manaslu in spring, 2009.
Jagged-globe.co.uk

Lhotse

Summit Climb
Dan Mazur’s outfitter is launching an expedition on Lhotse led by Sam Mansikka – who will also lead another SC team climbing Everest.
SummitClimb.com

Peak Freaks
Tip rippel, owner of the US-based outfitter, is the appointed leader for teams attempting Everest and Lhotse.
peakfreaks.com

Altitude Junkies
Phil Crampton is leading the two AJ teams – going for Lhotse and Everest this spring.
www.altitudejunkies.com

Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss outfitter has announced a Lhotse expedition for spring, 2009.
Kobler-partner.ch

Ice8000
Henry Todd’s outfitter offers expeditions on Everest and Lhotse.
Ice8000.com

Shisha Pangma

Andrew Lock’s 14x8000ers grand final: Shisha Pangma + NoO2 Everest
Andrew Lock hopes to become the first Australian to complete the 14x8000ers list, by summiting Shisha Pangma. Andrew has previously reached Shisha’s central summit twice, but still he has to climb further up to the main, eastern summit.
After Shisha he’ll attempt a no-O2 ascent on Everest’s north side on his own.
andrew-lock.com

Amical Alpin
Herbert Rainer is leading a team launched by the Germany-based outfitter, starting on April 10th.
Amical.de

Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss outfitter has announced a Shisha Pangma expedition in spring, 2009.
Kobler-partner.ch

Cho Oyu

Bo Belvedere Christensen
Danish Bo Belvedere Christensen is leading a team on Cho Oyu in spring, 2009. Last year, he guided a four-men group on Baruntse, eventually summiting together with two of his clients.
www.himalaya.dk

Amical Alpin
Thomas Merkel is leading a team launched by the Germany-based outfitter, starting on April 8th.
Amical.de

Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss outfitter has announced a Cho Oyu expedition in spring, 2009.
Kobler-partner.ch

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2 Responses

  1. We saw the breathtaking, beautiful, lifetaking zone last month, there is lot to be done in the region….
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    Wish you a great day!

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