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March 23, 2023

Horia Colibasanu conquers Himalaya peak

Timisoara mountain climber Horia Colibasanu climbed the 8,901 metre Annapurna Peak in the Himalaya, the fourth Hymalaya peak the Romanian succeeds in climbing, Mediafax reports.

According to Colibasanu’s website, he began the climb at 11:00 pm Romania’s time and reached the mountain top more than ten hours to. He was accompanied by two Spanish climbers, with whom he chose a less crowded and at the same time more technical route, on the eastern slope of the mountain. This is the first time a Romanian climbs Annapurna.

Colibasanu was the first Romanian to also climb to the top of K2, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, all of them over 8,000 metres high. This year’s expedition, ‘Slatina – Annapurna 2010’ will carry on until June 1 at the latest.

The expedition costs EUR 24,000, with the Town Hall in Slatina, Colibasanu’s childhood town, paying the bulk of the sum. The mountaineer said he dedicated his ascension to his late Spanish friend Ochoa de Olza, with whom the Romanian attempted to climb Annapurna in 2007 and 2008, the last of which proved deadly for the Spaniard, who died of a stroke.

According to Nick Rice, conditions on the mountain are far from optimal: avalanches roared down the upper sections through the weekend and weather forecasts for the 27th still announced high winds. The gale is expected to decrease through the 28th and 29th – only to be substituted by heavy snowfalls.

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