Austrian climber David Lama has soloed Lunag Ri (6,907m), a peak on the border of Tibet and Nepal. David Lama is currently tackling the still unclimbed Lunag Ri in Nepal – however, this time on his own from the very beginning. The technically difficult mountain is located in the Rolwaling Himal on the border between Nepal and Tibet, more than 35 kilometers as the crow flies northwest of Mount Everest. In 2015 and in 2016, the 28-year-old top climber from Austria had failed on the “almost seven-thousands”, both times about 300 meters below the summit – on the first attempt via the Northeast Ridge along with the experienced American climber Conrad Anker. The Lama and Anker had also been teammates for the second try, but Conrad had suffered a heart attack on the mountain and had to leave the expedition prematurely. David had then tried to reach the highest point solo over a slightly modified route in vain. He had run out of time and strength.
Lama completed his project, via the line he attempted in the past on the Nepalese side of the mountain. Details will emerge in due course, but it seems superfluous to underline the importance of this success and the class of the Austrian who has confirmed – once again – that he is one of the world’s premier alpinists.