Carlos Soria on his 13th 8000ers

Kathmandu,March 27:At an age of 79, renowned Spanish climber Carlos Soria along with his climbing partners Luis Mifuel Lopez and Luis Carcavilla Urqui(Spain). Today has returned to Nepal for an attempt of Mt. Dhaulagiri 1 considered as 7th Highest Peak in the world. This will be his 9th attempt to the summit of Dhaulagiri 1 situated at an altitude of 8,167m. During his last attempt in 2017 autumn on Dhaulagiri 1 via NE Ridge Soria and his team including Luis Carcavilla (Spain), Luis Mifuel Lopez (Spain) and sherpas reached up to 8050m and due to heavy snow fall on the mountain the entire team decided to end the expedition. If he succeeds, then Dhalulagiri will be his 13th 8000ers and Shisha Pangma (Main: 8,027m) will be only remaining peak before he takes an title of “Oldest Person to climb all 8000m Peak (Male)” till the date 65 years old Oscar Cadiach (Spain) holds this record title after conquering the Broad Peak as his last eight thousander in 2017.

Born on 5 Feb 1939, Carlso Soria is only the climber who made successful ascents of 10 eight thousand meter after turning 60. His name is also listed in the Guinness Book Of World Record as “oldest person to climb Kangchenjung (Nepal/India) – 8,586m” and “Oldest Person to Climb an 8000m peak without using an artificial Oxygen” after climbing Mt. Manaslu on 1 Oct 2010.

 

All his 8000ers ascents:

  1. Nanga Parbat (8.125 m.) PAK, 1990
  2. Gasherbrum II (8.035 m.), CHN/PAK 1994
  3. Cho Oyu (8.201 m.), NEP/CHN, 1999
  4. Everest (8.848 m.), NEP/CHN, 2001
  5. K2 (8.611 m.), CHN/PAK, 2004
  6. Broad Peak (8.047 m.), CHN/PAK 2007
  7. Makalu (8.465 m.). NEP/CHN, 2008
  8. Gasherbrum I (8.068 m.), CHN/PAK, 2009
  9. Manaslu (8.156 m.), NEP, 2010
  10. Lhotse (8.516 m.), NEP/CHN, 2011
  11. Kanchenjunga (8.586 m.), NEP, 2014
  12. Annapurna (8.091 m.), NEP, 2016

In his last interview Soria mentioned that after climbing Dhaulagiri 1 he would like to attempt the British Route on Shisha Pangma the one that Doug Scott and his team opened in 1982. In 2008 Carlos Soria did the central summit (8008m) of Shisha Pangma though only main summit (8,027) is counted as an official climbing to enter in the Club of 14 Peak Summiteer.

 

Image of Dhaulagiri I showing the last point (8050m) Soria’s team reached in 2017 Autumn.

According to Chhang Dawa Sherpa, Director at Seven Summit Treks (Organizer of the Expedition) “This year we all hope for the success of Carlos Soria to his second last remaining 8000ers, upcoming spring with no doubt as on previous years we will operate the best expedition on Dhaulagiri.”      Chhang Dawa Sherpa himself climbed Dhaulagiri 1 twice in 2012 and 2014.

 

According to the database, since the mixed team of Swiss, German, Austrian and Nepalese climbers first reached to the top on 13 May 1960, only 540 successful ascents were made to the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri till the date.

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