After a lot of discussion the tean has taken the tough decision to abandon the expedition due to the current snow conditions. The higher slopes of Cho Oyu need a long time for consolidation – at least 7-10 days – which we just don’t have.
Yesterday, a very experienced Japanese climber tried to go up and couldn’t get above the rock band at 7700m. Following 2 recent avalanches that took 12 sherpas (thankfully no one was killed), we are not confident with the snow conditions and the sherpas understandaby don’t want to go above 7100m to fix ropes. Also, the ropes that we were going to use were lost with the avalanches.
Apart from us, another 12 expeditions are wrapping up and leaving Cho Oyu. We leave the mountain the morning of 3rd.