Known the world over for his speed ascents of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Denali, Kilian Jornet just added the highest peak in the world to his long list of accomplishments.
According to the Himalayan Times, Jornet finished the feat in 26 hours after struggling with nausea and without the help of fixed ropes and oxygen. The world-famous trail runner and mountaineer from Spain summited at roughly midnight on May 21/22.
“Until I reached 7.700m I felt good and was going according to my planning, but there I started to feel stomachache, I guess due to an estomach virus. From there I have moved slowly and stopping every few steps to recover. However, I made it to the summit at midnight.” – Kilian Jornet Facebook Page
It’s so far unclear as to where Kilian Jornet’s ascent ranks in terms of speed but it’s likely well short of Nepalese climber, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who completed the climb from Everest South Base Camp in 8 hours and 10 minutes back in 2004.
Official Expedition Update:
Kilian Jornet reached the summit of Everest at midnight of 21st to 22nd May (local time) in a single climb without the help of oxygen or fixed ropes.
He reached the summit via the north face of the world’s highest mountain (8,848m) following the traditional route. Kilian Jornet began the challenge at Everest Base Camp Base near the ancient Rombuk monastery (5,100m) on May 20 at 22h local time (+5:45 GMT).
At 12h15 local time of May 22nd he is back in the Advanced Base Camp (6,500m) where he confirmed summiting Everest at midnight, 26 hours after beginning the ascent.
[INSIDE EXPEDITION] 🎥 First images of Kilian Jornet's Everest ascent! He reached the summit after 26 hours of ascent in a single climb without the help of oxygen or fixed ropes. Congrats Kilian! Amazing job @sebmontazstudio #OurEverest — Primeras imágenes del ascenso de Kilian Jornet al Everest! Ha hecho cumbre tras 26 horas de ascenso en solitario, sin oxígeno ni cuerdas fijas. ¡Felicidades Kilian! Magnífico trabajo de Seb Montaz-Rosset tras la cámara! @salomon I @suunto
38 hours after starting the attempt, he has arrived to the Advanced Base Camp of Everest, he explained: “Until I reached 7.700m I felt good and was going according to my planning, but there I started to feel stomachache, I guess due to a stomach virus. From there I have moved slowly and stopping every few steps to recover. However, I made it to the summit at midnight”.
Due to this indisposition, Kilian Jornet choses to conclude the attempt, and stay in the Advanced Base Camp and not returning to the Rongbuk as planned.
Once we have more information about the challenge, we will inform through the channels of Summits of My Life.