Early in the morning today, Alex and team set off from Camp 2 toward Camp 3 on the Lhotse wall. Snowfalling had stopped but the wind had picked again. According to Alex's tracking device, the climbers took the normal route to C3, instead of the variation they had climbed last week. At a certain point, however, they turned around and returned to Camp 2. Later on, Akex imself reported on the situation:
"No way to get to C3. 45cm of fresh, unstable snow on the Lhotse face have proven too dangerous. We also had some close calls with avalanches yesterday . It's frustrating, we're strong and willing to go on, but conditions are unforgiving! We must go down and, on the way, pass again by the side of Nuptse and the Khumbu Icefall. We will be careful.".