After trying K2 earlier this year, Alex Txikon prepares to face Everest again in winter, which he already launched tentative paths in 2016-17 and 2017-18. "The third time is the charm," Alex said during the presentation of the expedition, today in Bilbao. “We will also take advantage of the experience of K2, where we learned a lot.”
This time, Everest will be the culmination of a triple adventure that will begin next week, when Txikon embarks on an expedition that will sail the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Peninsula. There, the expeditionaries will make a series of approaches on foot and with skis to unescaled peaks or where they can open new routes.
In early January, and with just two days off, Txikón will fly to Nepal. There he will meet with Felix Criado and Íñigo Gutierrez who, meanwhile, will have traveled by car all the way from Spain to Kathmandu, carrying out various humanitarian actions at some points along the way. Together they will walk from Lukla to the Ama Dablam Base Camp, considered one of the most beautiful mountains on earth and a challenge in winter. In this section they will also be accompanied by a group of disabled mountaineers of the AMIAB association. Txikon will lead a team of nine people on the climb to Ama Dablam, which, in addition to its intrinsic value, will serve as physical and mental preparation and acclimatization for Everest, whose base camp is also relatively close, at the head of the valley of the Khumbu. This will facilitate the logistics and rapidity of team movements. For Everest, Alex will join forces with Oscar Cardo and Jonatan García, as well as with the Nepalese Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa, Pechhumbe Sherpa and Tenjen Sherpa.
In addition to climbing, the expedition will conduct topographic and meteorological studies using drones, while photographer Diego Martínez, an analog photography specialist, will document the expedition for future exhibitions and the publication of a book..