Cho Oyu expedition

This was Alex's first expedition to an 8000m peak. Having to continue by himself after Sergiu Matei's retreat due to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), Alex had to change his plan and went to the summit straight from Camp 2 (7200m), instead of Camp 3 (7600m), summiting on solitary in the late afternoon. While Sergiu waited in the Advanced Base Camp he saved the life of a Tibetan Refugee and filmed the world famous shootings on Nangpa La. At 24, Alex became the youngest Romanian to have summited an 8000m peak. His expedition was featured on February 2007 issue of National Geographic Romania.

October 7, 2006

Kathmandu, Nepal

15 hours in the "Death Zone": Alex Gavan summits alone Cho Oyu and makes it safely back to Advanced Base Camp.  On October 2nd I was finding myself high up on camp 2 ready for my summit bid. I choose to start the summit push ...
October 4, 2006

The Return

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October 2, 2006

Finally! Cho Oyu, 8201m

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September 26, 2006

Summit Bid Starting Tomorrow

Storm has finally stopped on the evening of september 25th but I still remained in ABC since the snow did not settled yet and the slopes on Cho Oyu were still under huge avalanche hazard. I'm talking about the section above the ...
September 24, 2006

Stucked in Advanced Base Camp

It already snows for 5 continuous days here in the very core of the himalayas. No stop. No signs for the better. Just the hope. The weather forecasts from khatmandu, beijing and europe are contradictory. We cannot see the ...

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September 17, 2006

Camp 1 (6,400m)

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September 12, 2006

Advanced Base Camp (5,700m)

Yaks are nasty animals. And so the yak herders. Sometimes to get with all your gear to the base of a climb can be a real challenge by itself...We got from BC into ABC in two days with a middle camp in between at 5400m. It was ...
September 10, 2006

Cho Oyu

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September 5, 2006

Cho Oyu Base Camp (5,000m)

It is is really big. it is is Huge!...and I love it:)). I had the first glimpse of Cho Oyu yesterday morning (September 4th) while in Tingri, a tipical Tibetan village at 4300m alt. The 245 km travel ...
September 4, 2006

Chinese Base Camp (5,000m)

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September 1, 2006

NYALAM (3,700m)

...we got a little bit slower as the air got a little bit thinner here in Nyalam, at 3700m  since our acclimatisation process hardly begun. Now is September 2nd and we are having a day rest since yesterday we had our first ...
August 31, 2006

NYALAM (3,700m)

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August 29, 2006


Well, tomorrow morning we will begin our 6 days trip to reach the Chinese Base Camp in Tibet at around 5000m altitude and after 4 more days Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 5700. Meanwhile, we will spend time at intermediate altitudes ...

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August 27, 2006


...soooo here we were wonderin' around just few streets away of Manang hotel and start doin' few pictures here and there with the first nepali faces and havi'n the first real sniff of the street...freaky faces whispering ...
August 25, 2006

KHATMANDU, Manang Hotel

  ...we have just arrived in a noisier and much more disorganised place than bucharest in what is regarding the traffic, it's called Khathmandu. And this after a pretty nasty trip with not a lot of happy stories to ...
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