Everest 2022: First Everest Summits of the year – Confirmed

Everest from Tibet

Update: from Climbalya

The First Everest summit in 2022 from the Tibet side. The route was fixed to the summit by fixing team on 29th April and a commercial team with 20 Tibetan climbers and 11 clients outfitted by Yarla Shampo expedition successfully summited on the 30th of April. The second summit to be followed on 4th May.

We knew there was a Chinese team on the Tibet side of Everest and that the six to eight-member Tibetan rope team had made good progress and summited on April 28. Now we learn from Mingma G that on April 30, 2022, 11 Chinese with support summited. I have not been able to independently verify the summits, but Mingma is usually in the know. 

The Chinese posted this video on YouTube of installing weather stations on Everest, including at the summit, in 2022, but it’s unclear if they are actually showing a weather station on the summit or in a staging area. On a station, the elevation, 7790m, is written which would be between Camps 2 and 3. The summit is at 8848m.

I’ll stay on this, but I won’t be surprised if the Chinese summited.

Meanwhile, on the Nepal side, the weather is clearing and teams are continuing their rotations. The permits for Everest have probably topped out at 316, around 100 less than the record set in 2021 of 408. Climbing permits have been issued for 889 climbers from 74 countries for 25 peaks throughout Nepal.

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3 thoughts on “Everest 2022: First Everest Summits of the year – Confirmed

  1. Thanks Alan. I hope you are able to ask your weather forecast panel about the data we may be able to expect from the stations the Chinese set up. Also, I was wondering if you could talk about the type of radios mountaineers use to communicate during summits. I am an amateur radio operator and always wondered if they are using amateur radios. There is a whole part of the hobby focused on making contacts to-and from summits (called Summits On The Air) Thanks!

    1. Hi Paul, I suspect the weather data will be similar to what the NatGeo stations send now: temp, wind, humidity, pressure See there’s at https://www.nationalgeographic.org/earthpulse/everest/widget/16/

      As for radios, most use something, like this https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm or even https://rockytalkie.com/products/rocky-talkie plus they have a base station at EBC and sometimes at Camp 2 or the ABC on the Tibet side. As you know, it’s line of sight for most of these lightweight systems so they lose contact a couple of points on the summit climb.

  2. Thanks Alan, keeping us up to date of what’s happening in the Nepal as far as high elevation teams

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