Peru’s Richard Hidalgo starts to climb the Everest

Isabel Guerra

After some days of acclimatization in the Himalayas, Peruvian Richard Hidalgo has started to climb Mount Everest, between Nepal and China, wishing to become the first Peruvian to conquer the highest mountain in the world.

Hidalgo is currently in the base camp installed at the foot of the mountain, at an altitude of 6,200 meters.  

He said climbers are making leisurely round trips from the base camp to camp 1, built at an altitude of 6,800 meters (higher than Peru’s Huascaran, 6,768 meters) in order to accustom their bodies to the rigors of high altitude exposure.

Next step is camp 2, located 7.700 meters above sea level, Hidalgo told Andina News Agency via e-mail. Richard Hidalgo has already summited Shisha Pangma (8,027 meters) and Cho Oyu (8,201 meters).

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