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The adventures of Sophie Lavaud waiting to climb for the "real" summit of Manaslu.

Sophie Lavaud on the top of Manaslu Summit.
Sophie Lavaud on the top of Manaslu Summit.

More than ever, the entire Sept Finance team is behind Sophie Lavaud for her exploits.


"Dear friends,

We reached camp 4 at 7'430m on September 30th in terrible conditions, a wind with peaks at 60 km/h. The doubt is there and I see the failure looming.

On the other side of the planet, in Chamonix, Yan Giezendanner sends me his weather report twice a day. He is confident, "It's going to do it," he writes me, "the wind is going to fall tonight.

Many climbers come down, "Too much wind, not possible"... and we settle down as well as possible in our tent. We mark the hours by being tossed, obviously, impossible to sleep with this noise. The atmosphere is particular.

Moreover, Sangay fell sick between the camp 1 and 2, he really suffered to reach the camp 3 and his decision is taken not to continue not to compromise my summit. A young Sherpa, Nima, takes over. Doubt is growing...

In our tent at camp 4, hours go by, and indeed the wind calms down. Lakpa Temba, Alex, Nima and I decide to leave for the summit at 1:30 am, the stars are there and the sky is calm.

These few hours of calm allow us to make good progress but the cold and the tiredness win over Alex who decides to turn back with Nima.

With Lakpa Temba we reach the REAL summit of Manaslu in good conditions at 6:50 am on October 1st 2022.

This famous TRUE summit which has been the subject of so much discussion in the last few months. We are almost alone on the summit. Incredible when you know that there are about 400 permits registered this season! A few pictures later we start the descent, meeting Alex at camp 4 and Sangay at camp 3. All together we go back down to the base camp.

Despite a very chaotic season, this lull of a few hours in the night allowed us to sneak up to the magnificent Manaslu summit at 8'163m.

Thanks Yan!" SOPHIE LAVAUD / Kathmandu - 06.10.2022


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