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The last hours of her ascent, always accompanied by Dawa Sangay Sherpa:

Sophie on the Everest/Lhotse base camp, the day before the "summit push"

"Sophie Lavaud was at the summit of Lhotse 8'516m on Saturday morning at 8:30 am, Nepalese time.

She left on May 11, to reach Camp 2 (6479m) after 8h30 of walking and a short break of one hour at Camp 1.

The stage started of course with the crossing of the Icefall, 890m of vertical drop in the chaos of the glacier, then a beautiful climb in the mythical Khumbu valley, facing Everest, Lhotse and Nhupse.

On May 12, Sophie left at 4am, to reach Camp 3 (7096m) 4h30 later, she will continue on May 13 to Camp 4 (7726m).

Sophie left on Saturday night at 00h30 and reached the summit of Lhotse 8516m at 8h30, with a very complicated route made of snow and ice. At 7:30 am she even had to face a big gust of wind, not foreseen, which almost compromised the summit.

After this feat, Sophie went back down the same day to Camp 2, another 9 hours of walking!

On May 15, her birthday, she returned to base camp where a well-deserved "Summit & birthday cake" awaited her.

CHRISTINE LAMARCHE | pour Sophie Lavaud


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