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Asia, Nepal, Lohtse

Lohtse. Five Spanish Basques and one South Korean sent the first Spanish citizens to the top of Lhotse (8516 meters). Two members of the party, Felix and Alberto Inurrategi, who often climb together and never use bottled oxygen, had successfully (though without a Chinese/Tibetan permit) climbed Cho Oyo just before. They had crossed the Nepalese-Tibetan border and reached its summit in only three days. They did not meet any Tibetan officials and had no trouble with their border crossing. On Lhotse, they managed a rapid climb of only eight days from basecamp to summit accompanied by a Sherpa. The other three members took 12 days to reach the summit.

Elizabeth Hawley