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First Romanian on Top of Kangchenjunga, Third Highest Mountain in the World

No Romanian has climbed on Kangchenjunga before, so this makes it a premiere. Horia Colibasanu, one of the top climbers in the country, became the first Romanian to reach Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

Horia Colibasanu - Romanian climber
Horia Colibasanu photo archive. Source: Facebook

Horia Colibasanu succeeded in climbing Kangchenjunga on Saturday, May 7, at around 3 PM local time.

Around 12 p.m. (Romanian time), climber Horia Colibășanu reached the Kangchenjunga summit, without supplementary Oxygen, making the long-awaited premiere for the Romanian alpinism. Thus, Horia climbed the only eight-thousander which was still untouched by Romanians, the third highest mountain on the planet (8586 m).Horia called after having descended several hundreds of meters, on his way back to Camp 4. He told us that the ascent was very difficult and tiring. On the top, he made a few photos and hurried to go back.Regarding his team mates, Marius Gane and Peter Hámor, we know that they are now in Camp 4, having been unable to reach the summit today. We will give you more details on what is next, as soon as we have news. Let’s still keep our fingers crossed for our boys!

Horia Colibasanu Facebook page

Kangchenjunga is a mountain in the Himalayas range, located on the border between Nepal and Sikkim, India. It has three peaks: Kangchenjunga I (8586m), Kangchenjunga II (8476m) and Kangchenjunga III (7962m). The first ascent was made in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band.

“Kangchenjunga” means “the five treasures of snow” in the Tibetan language. The five treasures are gold, silver, gems, grain and holy books. Kangchenjunga is the third highest, after Mount Everest (8,850 m) and K2 (8,611 m).

The Romanian expedition was supported by selected Romanian and international companies present in Romania.

Horia Colibasanu is not at his first premiere. He is considered a ”pure climber”, meaning he climbs with no oxygen supply or Sherpa’s help. According to his website, he was the first Romanian to climb this way other mountain peaks, including Everest, 8,848 m in 2014 and K2, 8,611 m in 2004.

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