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  Mr. Um Hong Gil has bagged his 15th 8000 meter peak. 


Official: The following 1 Member & 2 Nepalese Sherpas of "2004 Yalungkang Expedition" Mountaineering team have succeeded to climb 8505 meter high Mt. Yalungkang on 5th may 2004 at 3.30 p.m..

Name of  Summiteers

1.      Mr. Hong Gil Um (44 Yrs), Alpinist, Seoul, Korea.

2.      Mr. Pasang Namgel Sherpa (31 Yrs), Khumjung-3, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

3.      Mr. Phur Gyalzen Sherpa, (33 Yrs), Namche-9, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

9 members 2004 Korea Yalungkang Expedition team was permitted to climb 8505 Meter high Mt. Yalungkang from South East Ridge for the period of Seventy-Five days from 22 March 2004 under the leadership of Mr. Dong Sik Cho, of South Korea.

Update: Mr. Um Hong Gil has bagged his 15th 8000 meter peak.  He reached the 8505 mt. high summit of Yalungkhang aka Yalung Kang (Kangchenjunga West) yesterday (5 May) at 3.10 pm via the SE ridge route, with Sirdar Pasang Namgyal Sherpa of Solukhumbu Khumjung and climbing Sherpa Phurgyalzen Sherpa of Namche.  All 3 successful climbers are now in Camp II and from where they will descend to base camp situated at 5600m. Mr Um has preiously summited all 14 8000 meter peaks (Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II, Shishapangma), plus the central summit of Shishapangma (so mayeb that is 16!

Background:

Mr. Um Hong Gil, South Korean summitter of all 14 8000m peaks (Mt Everest, K2, All 14 of them!) is planning to climb Mt. Yalung Kang (Kangchenjunga West) in next year's Spring Season. This past Autumn he attempted Lhotse Shar. Sadly two climbers went missing on Lhotse Shar during an avalanche on the 8250-meter Lhotse Shar at 12:40 PM on 5th Oct. 2003 as EverestNews.com reported early.

It is good to see climbers attempting difficult routes... Of course these routes are extremely dangerous. Best wishes to Mr. Um on Mt. Yalung Kang (Kangchenjunga West) next Spring, we will let you know how it turns out...

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