Piotr Krzyzowski climbs Lhotse and Everest without artificial oxygen

Piotr Krzyzowski achieved an impressive double ascent of Lhotse and Everest in Nepal: The Polish mountaineer climbed the two 8000-meter peaks alone and without artificial oxygen in less than 48 hours.

Piotr Krzyzowski stood with Lhotse and Everest a few days ago on his sixth and seventh eight-thousanders. This achievement is impressive in that, unlike most commercial expedition participants on site, the 45-year-old Pole climbed the two 8000-meter peaks alone, without a Sherpa companion and without bottled oxygen. It took him less than 48 hours to complete his double ascent.

Minimalist and self-responsible

On May 21st at 14.38:XNUMX p.m. Piotr Krzyzowski stood on the fourth highest peak in the world, Lhotse. His plan was actually to descend to base camp and then tackle Everest.

Instead, the Polish alpinist climbed from the Lhotse face directly to the South Col and from there on to the Everest summit. On May 23rd at 14 p.m. - less than 48 hours after his summit success on Lhotse - he stood at the highest point on earth.

With his style of climbing without a Sherpa accompaniment and artificial oxygen, Piotr Krzyzowski clearly stands out from the vast majority of Everest aspirants, who exhaust all available options.

In three years to all five 8000m peaks in Pakistan

Since Piotr Krzyzowski climbed his first 2017m peak in the Caucasus in 7000, he has remained true to his minimalist style. This was also the case during the winter ascent of the 7010 meter high Khan Tengri in 2019, which earned him recognition far beyond the country's borders.

With the Gasherbrum II, Krzyzowski climbed his first 2021m in 8000. The following year Broad Peak and K2 followed (within just 9 days). In 2023 he climbed Nanga Parbat and Gasherbrum I, Pakistan's remaining two 8000-meter peaks, making him his number four and five eight-thousanders. As he did recently on Lhotse and Everest, the Pole also climbed in Pakistan without artificial oxygen.

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Credits: Cover picture Piotr Krzyzowski

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