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Jasemba Expedition - Zermatt mountaineers on an alpine climbing mission in the Himalayas

The mountain 
Jasemba, official name Pasang Lhamu Chuli, is a 7,350 metre-high mountain in the Himalayas, on the Chinese-Nepalese border. Located in the Solo Khumbu region, it is the main peak of the Nangpai Gosum massif, a ridge extending from the 8,000 metre-high Cho Oyu. The first ascent of Jasemba was made by a Japanese expedition on 12 October 1986. In the German-speaking mountaineering scene, Jasemba became known mainly through Hans Kammerlander’s efforts to make the supposed first ascent. Kammerlander scaled the peak in 2007 and was unaware of the three previous ascents. 

The project 
All four ascents to date have been accomplished via the less steep north side or the southern snow ridge. The goal is to reach the summit via the as yet unclimbed south wall. The emphasis is on the alpine challenge, focusing on climbing the mountain in alpine style without the use of oxygen, fixed ropes or high-altitude bearers.
The climbers 
Simon Anthamatten, 26, mountain guide. Michael Lerjen, 24, also a mountain guide. Samuel Anthamatten, 23, aspiring mountain guide. The three are friends and come from Zermatt. Their passion for climbing stems from the proximity to the mountains. All three are professional mountain guides and can already claim a notable list of alpine successes. In 2008, Simon won the Piolets d’Or, the Alpinists’ Oscar, for a first ascent in Nepal. Michi stood on the summit of Nanga Parbat at only 19 years of age and Samuel has ascents of the toughest walls in Patagonia, Alaska and Canada to his credit. 

The course of events 
The expedition will start at the beginning of October and last six to eight weeks. 

The reports 
The latest news will be reported at Zermatt Tourism is in contact with colleagues of the Zermatt mountaineering trio and will be provided with news on the progress of the expedition at approximately weekly intervals. The news will be published on this page.

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