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  Mt. Everest 2005: Two Everest climbers attacked by Maoists on the way to Everest Base camp.... More from Alexander Abramov who was in the vehicle


 

Alexander Abramov, Leader of the team who was attacked by the Maoists on the way to Everest.

Answers a few questions:

EverestNews.com: 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.

EverestNews.com: Do you know who else was going overland?

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

EverestNews.com: 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.

EverestNews.com: 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.

EverestNews.com: 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 is normal.

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.

Korobeshko Ludmila

AlpIndustria Adventure team Project

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 any guarantee!!!"

Leader of 7 Summits Club Everest 2005 expedition

Alexander Abramov

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.

Previous Update

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.

More here Russian Mountain Climbers Knocked Out by Maoists

Previous Update

 

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