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 K2 2001: Qgir - K2 Himalaya 8000 expedition 2001 

Qgir - K2 Himalaya 8000 expedition 2001

Himalaya 8000 - About the company 

History: The history of our company already spans 9 years. Allow me to describe in a few sentences how Himalaya 8000 was founded.

In 1990 we left for Kaukasus with Bouda (Ludek Ondrej)  and other friends from Jicin (located in famous area called Bohemian paradise) Climbing club. After an interesting trip to Ullu-tau and Usba (Kaukasus), then Bouda continued to Pamir. The trip to Pamir was organized by Pepa Kubicek with participation of some Spanish climbers and a couple of friends. They planned to climb Korzenevskaja (7130 m), but their attempt was unsuccessful. Next year Pepa Kubicek planed another trip to Pamir. Bouda asked Skrivan (Petr Skrivanek) and I if we wanted to join them. The goal was to climb Korzenevskaja. This time we were successful and Bouda, Skrivan and the others reached the summit. In 1992 Pepa and Bouda put together another expedition to Pamir. This time they aimed for Peak Komunismus. Tadzikistan was in turmoil, so the boys had only three weeks available and so they "only" repeated the climb of Korzenevskaja.

When Bouda returned he got to know Jarda Siran well. Jarda has a good network of contacts in Nepal. Thus the idea to organize an expedition to Himalayas was born, so sometime in December 1992, we got together at Bouda's house and founded our company. Mirek Novotny was also present, who in 1979 with the First Krkonosska Expedition was the first in the world to reach north Manaslu. As I remember he was the first one to put down 1000 Czech Crowns to found a corporate account. We agreed to organize a expedition to Cho Oyu (8201m). We had a hard time with coming up with a name for our new company and even now I am not sure who came up with it, but we settled on Himalaya 8000. We founded our company and in the end Mirek Novotny was not participating. Even though the company didn't have much money, we established an account and started to prepare for Expedition Cho-Oyu. Deadline was clear, Fall 1993. 

Business activities: The company was founded under interesting conditions and it exists as it is till today. These next pages will introduce you to the expeditions that we organized from the past up to today, and our other activities in area of outdoor equipment. At present, we have a wide range of business activities. We represent several companies from around the world in the Czech market that produce outdoor equipment, clothing and footwear, including: North Cape (Outdoor gear from Scotland), Trezeta (Italians trekking and mountaineering boots), Reiter (Germans famous instant food), Silvretta (skialpine bindings from Germany) and Sorel (Canadians winter boots).

The other division of our company called RAM, is responsible for PR services, obtaining marketing rights, and other marketing activities connected with climbing and outdoor sports.

It is not easy to put together a Himalayan expedition. It takes a lot of bureaucracy just to get to the BC. I would say that after several expeditions we have become quite skilled at navigating through all of the bureaucracy and red tape.

An excellent AGENT we found in Sirdar Lhakpa Dorjee Sherpa, and service in Nepal Trans Himalayan Explorer (P.) Ltd, directed by Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa.

All expeditions were conducted without using artificial oxygen.

K2 (8612 m), Summer 2001, Variant Abruzzi's Pillar: Current Expedition

Kangchenjunga (8586m), Fall 2000, South-West Route

Lhotse (8516m), Spring 1999, West Ridge: Sona Vomackova was only the second woman to reach that summit and the first woman in history to do so without using artificial oxygen.

Makalu (8463m), Spring 1998, North Ridge

Manaslu (8163m), Fall 1996, South-East Ridge

Shishapangma (8047m), Fall 1995, North Ridge

Dhaulagiri (8167m) , Fall 1994, North Pillar

Cho Oyu (8201m), Fall 1993, West Face: Duration of this expedition was approximately two months. Summit was reached only by Carlos Pitarch on October 8th, 1993 in the afternoon.

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