Asia, Nepal, Mustang Region, Annapurna Himal, Annapurna Central Summit, Ascent

Publication Year: 2005.

Annapurna Central Summit, ascent. A Russian, Boris Korshunov, whose age has been reported as between 68 and 70. set out from the top camp on the Standard (French) Route up the north face of Annapurna on the 28th May. However, he slanted up left too early on the long snow plod to the summit and arrived by mistake at Annapurna’s Central Summit (8,051m). Although he was disappointed, he is perhaps only the 15th person to reach this summit, making the sixth overall ascent (three Germans on the first ascent in 1980 via a line on the North Face left of the Dutch Rib, two Poles in 1981 via the South Face, two Spanish in 1984 also via the South Face, two Swiss in 1984 via the East Ridge, and one Korean plus four Sherpas making the first winter ascent via the Dutch Rib in December 1984; on their repeat of the East Ridge in 2002, Iñurrategi and Lafaille traversed below this summit on the north flank). He is perhaps the only person to reach this top via the French Route.