Four high mountain guides from Grenoble, Chamonix and Briançon have just opened a route on the virgin southern side of the Gaurishankar, in the Himalayan massif. A real achievement realised by the small team, who left on the 10th of September.
Mathieu Détrie, Pierre Llabre, Mathieu Maynadier and Jérôme Para have reached the summit of the Gaurishankar, located at 23,405 feet high, early in the morning, on wednesday the 23rd of October. This is the second higher summit of the Rolwaling Hima, along the Nepal-Tibet border.
The expedition has initially been very disturbed by dreadful weather conditions, which turned out to various unsuccessful attempts before the final assault to the summit.
The team will be back to France around the 30th of October.
As a reminder, the summit of the Gaurishankar has only been climbed once in 1979 by John Roskelley and Dorje Sherpalen, after being recognized by Claude Kogan and Raymond Lambert in 1954.
More details on the Facebook page of the Gaurishankar project 2013’s team (in French).
Translation by Sandra Bailly, Translator / Desktop Publishing specialist