Tarke Kang. On October 15, Sepp Hirtreiter, Rolf Thorenz, Andi Kern, Bernhard Hron, Alban Griesmair, Christoph Markowski and I got to the Gangapurna Base Camp at 4800 meters. On the 17th, we began carrying loads to establish two camps on the north face of Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome) without the help of high-altitude porters. Unfortunately, Markowski fell ill and had to descend to the valley. We other five established Camps I and II at 5600 and 6300 meters. Then, Griesmair became sick and had to retire to Base Camp. On October 22, four set out for the summit from Camp II. Germans Hirtreiter and Thorenz reached the summit (7193 meters, 23,600 feet) but Austrians Kern and Hron had to turn back an hour below the top because they were suffering from the altitude. Having regained his health, Markowski came back and with a Sherpa made two unsuccessful summit tries.
Adi Welsch, Deutscher Alpenverein