Szilárd Suhajda started his ascent to the summit of Mount Everest on Saturday evening when he left his base camp. According to the plans, he will reach the 8,848-meter summit of Mount Everest on May 24 without the use of artificial oxygen and load carriers, the organizers of the climb told MTI on Sunday. As part of the Kyocera Everest Expedition 2023, the Hungarian climber wants to reach the summit by pure ascent, which no Hungarian citizen has ever achieved.
Climbing Mount Everest without an oxygen tank is an outstanding achievement by world standards: about 2 percent of successful ascents happen like this, and it is not for nothing that it is referred to as an Olympic gold medal for climbing the mountain, the expedition’s information note reads.
Szilárd Suhajda left for Nepal on March 23, where he spent the first two weeks pre-acclimatizing, and then completed three acclimatization laps of the mountain after reaching base camp. During this trip, he touched the Geneva Spur of Mount Everest at an altitude of 7,900 meters.
It has been about two months since he set off on the mountain: his body has now become accustomed to the oxygen-poor environment caused by the change in air pressure.
The briefing quotes Suhajda as saying that this is the closest he has ever come to the summit of Everest. “I am scared, but at the same time, I am happily excited about my start: the “starting line” – Camp 4, where the actual summit climb begins – is still a long way away, anything can happen until then,” said the climber, adding that he is very confident in good luck and feels that his preparation and the work he has put in so far cannot go without success.
I am lucky to have my family and friends, my supportive partners and even a whole country on my side. I feel like I am climbing for everyone now! I am ready!”
According to the most recent information, the Hungarian climber has already reached Camp 3, so tonight he will spend the night at 7,200 meters, and tomorrow he will continue to Camp 4, the last campsite before the summit climb.
Featured photo via Facebook/Szilárd Suhajda