Csaba Varga is the only living Hungarian mountaineer to conquer five peaks higher than 8,000 meters, the Hungarian tourism magazine Hazajáró announced on its Facebook page.
The mountaineer from Nagyvárad (Oradea) conquered the 8,167-meter-high Dhaulagiri in Nepal at 6 a.m. Hungarian time on Friday, becoming the only living Hungarian climber to reach the 8,000-meter-high peak without the help of supplementary oxygen and high-mountain porters.
Csaba Varga left for Nepal on September 12th and reached the base camp of Dhaulagiri at 4,750 meters on September 17th. After acclimatization climbs, he started the summit conquest on September 28th, leaving Camp 3 at 7,200 meters on September 30th at around 11 p.m. local time, reaching the summit in 11 hours, marching through huge snow, reported Home Flier.
Zoltán Moys (on the left), producer of the tourism magazine program Hazajáró, welcomes the returning mountaineer, Csaba Varga, at Liszt Ferenc Airport on October 6, 2021. The beer was a gift from Moys to Varga. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI
Csaba Varga actually had an unsuccessful summit attempt in 2021: in May, after a forty-two-day struggle, he gave up his plan to conquer Everest, the highest point on Earth. The summit attempt, which had been delayed for more than a week due to several circumstances, was ended by an avalanche, after which the Hungarian climber returned to base camp and then home, Magyar Nemzet reports.
The tourism magazine and TV show Hazajáró shared photos and a video captured by Varga showing the peak:
Now, Varga is the only living Hungarian with this achievement; however, Zsolt Erőss conquered ten peaks above 8,000 meters.
FactZsolt Erőss was the most successful Hungarian high-altitude mountaineer, summiting 10 out of the 14 eight-thousand peaks. He was also the first Hungarian citizen to have climbed Mount Everest. He even returned to mountaineering after his right leg had to be amputated below the knee due to an avalanche accident. In 2013, during an expedition, he went missing. His body was found in 2014 and his identity confirmed.
Csaba Varga wished the Hungarian people of the Carpathian Basin strength after waving the Hungarian flag with ‘Nagyvárad’ written on it.
Featured image via Hazajáró’s Facebook page