Pumori (Nepali: पुमोरि) (or Pumo Ri) is a mountain on the Nepal-China border in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. Pumori lies just eight kilometres west of Mount Everest. Pumori, meaning "the Mountain Daughter" in Sherpa language, was named by George Mallory. "Pumo" means young girl or daughter and "Ri" means mountain in Sherpa language.[3] Climbers sometimes refer to Pumori as "Everest's Daughter".[4] Mallory also called it Clare Peak, after his daughter.[5]

Pumori
Mt Pumori.jpg
View of Pumori from Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Valley
Highest point
Elevation7,161 m (23,494 ft)
Prominence1,278 m (4,193 ft) [1]
Listing
Coordinates28°00′53″N 86°49′41″E / 28.01472°N 86.82806°E / 28.01472; 86.82806Coordinates: 28°00′53″N 86°49′41″E / 28.01472°N 86.82806°E / 28.01472; 86.82806
Geography
Pumori is located in Nepal
Pumori
Pumori
Location in Nepal
LocationNepal-Tibet
Parent rangeHimalayas
Climbing
First ascent1962 by Gerhard Lenser[2]
Easiest routesnow/ice climb

Pumori is a popular climbing peak. The easiest route is graded class 3, although with significant avalanche danger. Pumori was first climbed on May 17, 1962 by Gerhard Lenser on a German-Swiss expedition.[2] Two Czechs (Leopold Sulovský and Zdeněk Michalec) climbed a new route on the south face in the spring of 1996.[6]

An outlier of Pumori is Kala Patthar (5,643 metres, 18,514 ft), which appears as a brown bump below the south face of Pumori. Many trekkers going to see Mount Everest up close will attempt to climb to the top of Kala Patthar.

Trekking and mountaineeringEdit

 
The 2015 Everest (it hit Everest BC) avalanche is reported to have started between Pumori (Left) and Lingtren (middle peak)[7] Khumbutse to the right
 
Pumori and Lingtren
 
Pumori

Nearly 500 people had summitted Pumori by 2005, at a cost of 42 lives.[8] It was noted for its increasing popularity by 2008, with such features as being able to use the Everest base camp for Nepal (when occupied) when trekking or climbing Pumori and offering views of Tibet, Nepal and Everest.[8] However, there have been some dangers from avalanches including some Spanish climbing teams that took heavy losses (such as in 1989 and 2001),[8] and the 2015 avalanche, which was triggered by the 2015 earthquake, originated from the Pumori-Lingtren ridge.[7]

In 1982 a group climbing to Pumori also did a ski-hike around Everest.[9] Jim Bridwell led the climbing expedition to Pumori.[10]

AscentsEdit

  • 1962 first ascent by Gerhard Lenser of a German-Swiss expedition.
  • 1974 West Face new route by Alpine Club Unpo, Japan, summit reached by Minoru Takagi and Nobuyaki Kaneko on Oct 13.[11]
  • 1986 East Face new route by Hiroshi Aota and Yoshiki Sasahara (Japan) over three days, summiting on December 3.[12]
  • 1986 1985 Catalan Route on East Face, solo by Todd Bibler, summit reached December 5.[13]
  • 2002 Three women (Leila Bahrami, Mitra Nazari, and Farhondeh) from an Iranian expedition reached the summit on October 20 via the southeast face to the east ridge. The Sherpas twice stopped opening the route to the team as they did not expect the women to manage the difficulties.[14]

Ski attemptsEdit

  • 2013 Seb de Sainte Marie and Paul Holding unsuccessfully attempted to climb and ski the West Face.[15]

AccidentsEdit

  • In late October 1988 two Icelandic climbers died on the mountain. They were found 30 years later, in November 2018 by an American mountaineer. [16]
  • In 1989 a team of four Spanish climbers were killed in an avalanche on Pumori, and again in September 2001 another Spanish team was killed in an avalanche.[8]
  • On 19 October 2002, five Basque mountaineers were swept 600–800 metres down the southeast face by an avalanche caused by seracs falling above them.[14]
  • On 25 April 2015 a 7.8 MW earthquake struck Nepal and triggered several avalanches on and around Mount Everest, including one that hit Everest Base Camp. A witness described it as "a huge avalanche coming off Pumori".[17] The avalanche traveled through part of the Khumbu Icefall and into the South Base Camp.[18] At least 19 were killed.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pumori, China/Nepal". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-01-22. The prominence value given here of 1,278 m is based on elevation of 7,138 m.
  2. ^ a b "Asia, Nepal, Jannu". Climbs and Expeditions. American Alpine Journal. New York: American Alpine Club. 13 (2): 517. 1963. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  3. ^ Parekh, Navnit (1986). Himalayan Memoirs. India: Popular Prakashan. p. 37. ISBN 9780861321261. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  4. ^ "Pumori: The bitter-sweet daughter of Everest, part 2". mounteverest.net. ExplorersWeb Inc. 15 Oct 2004. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
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  6. ^ Simpson, Joe (1999). Dark Shadows Falling. Mountaineers Books. ISBN 9780898865905. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  7. ^ a b "Everest: List of Avalanche Victims". ExplorersWeb Inc. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  8. ^ a b c d "The new Cho Oyu: Pumori". ExplorersWeb Inc. 18 Sep 2008. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  9. ^ Wren, Christopher S.; Times, Special to the New York (1982-06-13). "Americans Give Mt. Everest the Once-Around". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  10. ^ Wren, Christopher S.; Times, Special to the New York (1982-06-13). "Americans Give Mt. Everest the Once-Around". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  11. ^ Fujita, Hiroshi (1975). "Asia, Nepal, Pumori, West Face". Climbs and Expeditions. American Alpine Journal. New York: American Alpine Club. 20 (49): 198. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  12. ^ Cheney, Michael (1987). "Asia, Nepal, Pumori Winter Ascent via East Face". Climbs and Expeditions. American Alpine Journal. New York: American Alpine Club. 29 (61): 238. ISBN 0-930410-29-7. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  13. ^ Bibler, Todd (1987). "Asia, Nepal, Pumori Winter Ascent". Climbs and Expeditions. American Alpine Journal. New York: American Alpine Club. 29 (61): 238. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  14. ^ a b Hawley, Elizabeth (1987). "Asia, Nepal, Khumbu Himal, Pumori, Ascent, Attempt, Tragedy". Climbs and Expeditions. American Alpine Journal. New York: American Alpine Club. 44 (76): 409. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  15. ^ "West Face of Pumori". paulholding.com. 5 Oct 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  16. ^ Þorsteinn og Kristinn fundnir eftir 30 ár Morgunblaðið 11 Nov 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  17. ^ Wilkinson, Freddie (25 April 2015). "Everest Base Camp a 'War Zone' After Earthquake Triggers Avalanches". National Geographic. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  18. ^ Holley, Peter (25 April 2015). "17 reported dead in Mount Everest avalanche, but toll expected to rise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  19. ^ "Indian Army's expedition team rescues 61 climbers from Mount Everest". DNA India. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-30.