Top Russian Climber Nadezhda Oleneva had gone missing after falling into a crevasse while scaling the seventh-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulgiri at an elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet).
The incident occurred on the slopes of the seventh-highest peak in the world on 14th October 2023 at an altitude above 6,000 meters on the mountain. Three-member Russian expedition team was scaling the mountain without using the base camp or Sherpa climbing guide.
Nadezhda Oleneva, a well-known Russian mountaineer fell into the crevasse at around 11:25 a.m. as the three-person expedition team was attempting the summit of the Mt. Dhaulagiri in an alpine style without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Russian Climber NadeNadezhda Olenevazhda Oleneva Fell 500 meters into the Crevasse
According to the reports, the 38-year-old Russian climber, Nadezhda Oleneva, fell 500 meters below according to the GPS. Her teammates from the three-member expedition team Roman Abildaev and Radom Kashapov reported that Oleneva fell into the crevasse at an altitude of around 6,680 meters and her GPS tracked that she had fallen 500 meters deep down into the crevasse.
The three-people Russian expedition team was trying to scale Mt. Dhaulagiri without using the supplementary oxygen. The team also didn’t use base camp on the mountain as they were advancing in without the Sherpa’s support.
Roman Abildaev from the three-person Russian climbing team was leading the expedition to Mt. Dhaulagiri while another Russian climbing group was scaling Mt. Cho Oyu from the west face, Nepali side.
Russia had organized this double expedition on both the seventh-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhalaugiri (8,167 meters), and the sixth-highest peak, Mt Cho Oyu (8,201 meters/ 26,906 feet) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Mountaineering Association and the Russian Ministry of Sports.
Missing Russian Climbers Spotted on Altitude of 6,000 Meters on Dhaulagiri
After the incident of the 38-year-old Russian climber falling into the crevasse on Mt. Dhaulagiri was reported by her teammates, the Managing Director at Himalayan Guides notified that the search and rescue operation was underway on Saturday, 14th October.
In the aerial search that took over the mountain on a Sunday morning, 15th October, the aerial team hovered at the altitude of over 6,000 meters where the Russian climber had fallen.
The aerial search which was led by Senior Captain Philipp Schwegler was accompanied by the three-person Russian expedition team leader Roman Abildaev. They were able to spot the missing 38-year-old climber at an altitude of over 6,100 meters on the mountain.
Nadezhda Olenevav was trapped in a fracture of the ice sheet when the aerial search and rescue team located her on the slopes of the mountain. The MD from the Himalayan Guides assured that they are planning a long-line rescue to aid the Russian climber.
However, the fate of the 38-year-old climber trapped in the ice is still unknown, and the long line of rescue operations to evacuate the Russian climber will be only possible on the morning of the 16th of October, which too will depend on the weather conditions.