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Alex Txikon Manaslu Winter

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Alex Txikon returns to Himalaya this winter to climb the Manaslu.

He will be accompanied by Simone Moro. “It will be a major challenge, never achieved, but "beautiful".

29 / 12 / 2020

Alex Txikon will try again today for another eight thousand in the middle of winter. On this occasion, the Biscayan mountaineer intends to reach the summit of the Manaslu (8,163 mts.), which has not been crowned by a purely winter expedition to date. “It will be a major challenge, never achieved, but "beautiful".

Txikon will be accompanied on this expedition by one of the most renowned mountaineers in the world, with whom he formed a team in 2016 when together they managed to climb the Nanga Parbat (8,126m. Pakistan) on 26 February of that year: the Italian Simone Moro, who has already tried the Manaslu on several occasions, but all have failed so far. The trio will be completed by the climber from Guipuzcoa, Iñaki Álvarez, a former fellow adventurer from Txikon who is joining this exciting challenge.

The Manaslu EKI team – with Trangoworld technical gear - will also have the participation of the Sherpas Chhepal Sherpa (this will be the fifth time he has collaborated with Txikon) and Kalden Sherpa (he will repeat after the first experience he had with Txikon last year). Alongside them, Eneko Garamendi and Aitor Sanz, who have been accompanying Txikon on his winter expeditions for several winters and are "the cornerstone of the base camp", and Lur Uribarren who was also part of last year's winter expedition to Txikon's Everest. The expedition will leave for Kathmandu on 31 December and, after the period of quarantine marked by the competent health authorities at the destination and showing negative results from PCR tests carried out in Spain, will begin trekking from Rughat to the base camp, where they hope to arrive in mid-January to start work. They will set up the base camp at an altitude of 4,900m and their objective, a priori, is to set up two camps at high altitude, so that it will be a quick climb. Txikon, Moro and Alvarez will attempt to climb the classic Manaslu route.

Sustainable expedition

Manaslu EKI will be a challenge with a marked humanitarian and solidarity value, as well as being sustainable. Thanks to the EKI Foundation, in the Base Camp there will be two autonomous electric energy sources (mainly solar photovoltaic) - avoiding the use of power generators (and fuels) – which will be donated to educational local center at the end of the expedition.

Water will be another of the issues that the expedition will take into account. With the help of AQUADAT, a startup that helps manage water in a more sustainable way (economically, socially and environmentally), Txikon and the team will filter all the water resulting from the melting of ice and snow before it is consumed in order to hydrate it safely. "No member of the expedition will consume bottled water, estimating that we will stop using around 4,000 liter bottles during the expedition”.

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