Alexander Abramov, Leader of
the team who was attacked by the Maoists on the way to Everest.
Answers a few questions:
Did your vehicle hit a landmine
or did the Maoist attack it ?
Alexander Abramov: 3 Maoists
attack our car and throw 3 bombs. One bomb hit the window and fell inside the
car near Sergey.
Do you know who else was going
Alexander Abramov: In Nepal
at Saturday was another accident. Big bus hit a landmine. 3 people death and
another 8-10 stay with Sergey in Army Hospital
Are you going to continue with
the expedition, after helping Sergi, or are you done for this year??
Alexander Abramov: I am
Leader of "7 summits Club" international expedition I am responsible for 20
members and 17 Sherpas now. Of course I plan come to BC after I help Sergey go
Home (maybe in 5-7 days) Now Nikolay Cherny (Russian guide) lead of
expedition. He have 6 8000m summits and more then 10 Himalaya expedition will
be in charge.
Were you hurt also?
Alexander Abramov: Yes, but
a little bit... 9 metal splinters in 2 legs... But small from 2 to 10mm. And I
have not strong contusion.
Please tell us the story of what
happened, we think much of what is out there is probably wrong...
Alexander Abramov: (My wife
Luda will send you whole story in 15 minutes) Regards, Alexander Abramov
Leader of "7 summits Club" Everest expedition
The report from his wife is below:
News from 7 Summits Club
Everest Expedition. Tibet side. Spring 2005.
Abramov Alexander (expedition
leader) reports from Kathmandu:
Hi, friends. Our expedition
reached Tibet and today April 10, moved from Zangmu to Nialam. On the whole
everything is ok.
An accident took place on the
road between Katmandu and Kodari on the way to Tibet border. Because Maoists
declared a strike till April 12, they are blocking the roads.
Because of this there was a
special escort organized to secure the progress of the expedition to Tibet
border. The car with Alexander Abramov and Sergey Kaimachnikov lagged behind
the rest of the group a bit and was assaulted by Maoists.
Maoists were throwing
hand-made bombs, one of which got inside the car and exploded. As a result
Sergey has his left leg broken, Alexander got a bit shell-shocked. The
military troops helped to organize immediate evacuation by helicopter to
Katmandu. Sergey was brought to the hospital and operated. Now his condition
Alexander stayed in Katmandu
to help Sergey. In a week Sergey is going to be sent to Moscow, and after this
Alexander will catch up with his expedition. At present Nikolay Cherny is
acting as the expedition leader.
We are expressing our
gratitude to Russian Embassy in Katmandu and personally to Russian Consul
Vladimir Popov, Royal Mount Travel company and personally to Katya and Igor,
who gave us helping hand in need, and to Asian Trekking and Dawa Sherpa.
AlpIndustria Adventure team
Previous News below
Alexander Abramov, "It was
bad luck in our team. Now I stay in Katmandu and help Sergey. He is not so bad
now. I preparing his transportation to Moscow. All our team stay in Tibet in
Nialam today with my Co Leader Nicolay Chery."
"At first Nepal agency
promise organize helicopter for all team members, but at 9 PM Office inform us
that helicopter should bring army tomorrow and we should go to Kodary by the
land with army support."
"Maoists is the big problem
now, and I can not recommend anybody to visit Nepal now. Nobody can give you
Leader of 7 Summits Club Everest
Alexander Abramov has lead
Russian commercial expeditions to Everest the last 2 years, he organized 5
Himalaya expedition during last 7 years, he organize more then 20 climbing
expedition in different country. He summited Everest in 2004 and summited
Cho-Oyu in 1999 Spring.
Editorial Note: Some newspaper are reporting
Alexander Abramov and
Sergey Kaimanchikov were not part of an Everest
expedition, quoting sources in Nepal. This information is false. Both of these
climbers were on the permit and
Alexander Abramov was the leader
of the team.
Update: Sergey Kaimanchikov, expedition member, and
Alexander Abramov expedition leader
of the Russian Everest
commercial expedition were the two climbers involved in the incident.
Sergey Kaimanchikov is
still in the Birendra Hospital in Chhauni. Sergey
Kaymachnirkow was a member of
Alexander Abramov's Russian
Everest Team in 2003.
Alexander Abramov has lead Russian commercial expeditions to
Everest the last 2 years, and summited in 2004.
The team hires Asian Trekking for support and Sherpas... The team decided to
go overland while the
Maoists strike had a road blockage until Tuesday....
We e-mailed the team on Saturday, but we had
not gotten a reply yet. Part of the team is already at base camp.
Russian Mountain Climbers Knocked Out by Maoists
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