David Lama and Conrad Anker became the first expedition ever to reach the headwall of Lunag Ri, a 6,907 meter peak located at the border of Nepal and Tibet. The Austrian-American team gave everything to be the first to reach the untouched summit. But in the end, due to freezing cold temperatures and strong wind, the only reasonable option was to retreat.
“Had we reached the summit, our climb would have been perfect,” said Lama. “In turn, we still have our fingers. On the way down, we warmed them in our pockets. They will surely be useful on our next attempt, which we have set our sights on for next year.”