News Flash: Ueli Solos Shisha Pangma in 10.5 Hours

Ueli left basecamp at 5306m on Saturday April 16th at 10:30pm to solo-climb the southwest face and summit Shisha Pangma in just 10.5 hours. It is reported that just 20 hours after departure Ueli was back at basecamp recovering comfortably from the high alpine assault already thinking about what’s next up in the high mountains of Tibet.

Ueli Steck acclimatised himself for one month in the Khumbu Valley on the south side of Mount Everest (Nepal) and he moved on from Kathmandu to Shisha Pangma on April 10, 2011.

Shisha Pangma is the only peak over 8000 meters which lies completely in Tibet (China). The trek to basecamp (5250 meters) took two days. After another two, he moved on to advanced basecamp (5800 meters) at the foot of the wall with his Canadian partner Don Bowie. Bowie did not feel sufficiently acclimatised so he decided not to go for an attempt. Because of the favorable weather forecast Bowie agreed with Steck, that he should strike out for the summit alone. With this speed ascent of Shisha Pangma, Ueli proves his era-defining fast and light climbing style can be applied to the huge objectives of the Himalaya. But this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more.


  1. guest himalaya
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Dear Ueli,

    What time of day did you start your climb? What time of day did you reach the summit?

    Is your record unofficial?

    What does “10.5 hours” mean? Is this a rounded time. “About 10.5 hours”? Wouldn’t a precise time have the exact minutes from the watch or stopwatch?

    Why didn’t you use people to verify your time?

    Do you have a summit photo for this climb?

    • Daniel
      Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      D-u-m-b-a-s-s if you are going to hate go somewhere else…Why dont you go d-i-e trying to do one of the things this guy has accomplished

      • TW
        Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:44 am | Permalink

        Just leave him. Jealousy can be hard!!

        Ueli, your amasing!

  2. Mariusz Sprutta
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Beginning the way – that’s great!

  3. Mariusz Sprutta
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Dear Guest Himalaya, who does need proofs or any veritications? You? I believe Ueli doesn’t need it. Me too. 🙂

  4. Posted September 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Hey Ueli,
    I really impress about you speed climbing . I am from Pakistan , my home town is just below the 9th Highest mountain in the world “Nanga Parbat ” I had been 8 years working in the field of tourism got opportunity to work as a mountain guide with famous climber Reinhold Messner. As i know the was on climber who climbed Nanga Parbat within 24 hours from Base camp to base camp . I would like to invite you to try on Nanga Parbat i am sure you ll make it.
    Hope to see you at Nanga Parbat base camp.
    wish you good luck.
    Fida Ullah.

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