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Hungarian Mountaineers Klein and Suhajda to Conquer Another 8,000m Peak without Bottled Oxygen and Sherpas

Fanni Kaszás 2020.02.13.

The two Hungarian climbers of the ‘Eseményhorizont’ expedition, Dávid Klein and Szilárd Suhajda, are set to conquer another eight-thousand meter high mountain in early April. This time, the mountaineers are planning to climb the 8,463m Makalu without bottled oxygen or the help of Sherpas.

At the Budapest press conference of the expedition, Dávid Klein emphasized that Makalu, situated in the Himalayas, is the fifth highest peak on Earth at 8,463 meters. He said the most dangerous is Annapurna (8,091m) that Klein climbed as the first Hungarian in 2016, while the most technically difficult to conquer is K2, which Suhajda climbed last year. However, they expect challenges from Makalu as well.

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Klein said they know what they are preparing for and they must

follow a strategy both in preparation and on the mountain that will maximize success and minimize the chances of tragedy.

The expedition is expected in late May and early June, he added. He also said that this year they will be joined by Zoltán Ács, a mountaineer who will help the two climbers from the base camp and assist them during the expedition. Klein added that Ács is an experienced mountaineer, who is the only living Hungarian climber who has been in similar altitudes without additional oxygen.

Last year, Suhajda reached the peak of K2, the second highest mountain on Earth. This was the first time a Hungarian stood on the summit of the “Savage Mountain.”

First Hungarian to Climb K2, World’s Toughest Mountain

Suhajda completed the extraordinary achievement just as they plan the next expedition: without the use of oxygen tanks or the help of carriers. Unfortunately, during the climb, Klein had some health problems, suffering from stomach problems and nausea, so for the success of the expedition, he decided to return to base camp.

With the astounding accomplishment of Szilárd Suhajda, only two eight-thousand meter mountains remain for the Hungarian mountaineer community to climb without oxygen to earn the “Crown of the Himalayas,”  and one of them is Makalu.

Hungarian Mountaineer Dávid Klein Wants to Finish What Zsolt Erőss Started: Climbing all Eight-Thousand Meter Peaks

The pair’s ultimate goal is to conquer Mount Everest in 2021, the highest peak of 8,848 meters, which has not yet been climbed without oxygen tanks by Hungarians. Klein and Suhajda have been climbing together since 2013, and as a member of the Eseményhorizont team, they started to conquer eight-thousand meter peaks together in 2016.

featured photo: MTI/Mónus Márton

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