Inurrategi, Vallejo and Zabalza opened South Tower on Paiju Peak

Posted: Jul 27, 2014 08:15 am EDT


(By Correne Coetzer) The three Basque mountaineers, Alberto Inurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza, conquered the South Tower of Paiju Peak at about 6000m on July 26 (Day 33), and with that opened the route on the virgin tower, reported their home team to ExplorersWeb.


Zabalza called in, saying it was incredible, "It is the hardest route I made ​​in my life.” They had very little battery left, just enough to say that it would be impossible to access the summit from where they were, because the conditions of the last few meters to the summit are "unworkable". Mikel added, ”It would be crazy.” 


No further details of the route.


Watch their video reports here.



WOPeak Expedition, with Basque/Spanish mountaineers, Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza, is on a mission to climb three peaks consecutively, Paiju Peak (BC at 3,400 m, South Wall and summit at 6,610 m), the Jannu and Cho Oyu in the Karakoram and the Himalayas; climbing new routes or routes almost never repeated. 


David Maeztu is the cameraman on the 2014 WOPeak Expedition.


Since 2009, when Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza ascended Makalu in alpine style, the trio is inseparable. Among their expeditions: Everest Hornbein, Broad Peak, Greenland (kite-ski), Antarctica (kite-ski crossing) and Nuptse.





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Alberto Inurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala before ascending, with Paiju Peak and the Wall in the background.
courtesy WOPeak Expedition 2014 / David Maeztu , SOURCE