Climbers in Tibet take on Luodui Mountain

Cheng Wei (right), a climber from Guangzhou, is on the way up Luodui Mountain with mountaineering guide Chime Tashi. [Photo provided to]

Seventy-one climbers successfully reached the 6,010-meter summit of Luodui Mountain in Damshung county of the Tibet autonomous region recently, the regional sports bureau reported.

The climbers included mountain guides and rescue professionals.

The ascent of Luodui Mountain is one of the sub-activities of the region's ongoing 20th China Tibet Climbing Conference, which runs until June. Other events include a sports industry exchange conference, an outdoor trekking conference, a rock climbing open tournament and a cross-country bicycle challenge.

Cheng Wei, a climber from Guangzhou Sports University climbed the mountain for the first time with her daughter.

"I have been to Tibet a couple of times, and I had the opportunity to visit Luodui Mountain. I expected it would be an easy expedition, but it is indeed challenging," Cheng said. She learned to respect and appreciate the mountain.

"With a new route this time, the journey was a little longer, and I really enjoyed the ascending together with my daughter and my Tibetan mountaineering guide," she said.

"It is a very meaningful adventure in my life, and I especially appreciate the support of my guide. He is so professional and kind, and I received a lot of care, encouragement and love from his entire group."

The success of these climbers depends on the support of the mountaineering assistance crew, whose members guide and support the climbers all the way.

Tenzin, a native Tibetan mountaineering guide and the manager of the Makalu Adventures, a company providing climbing and trekking services in Tibet, said that five climbing guides from his company participated in the expedition up Luodui Mountain this time.

Tenzin said most of the mountaineering guides from his company are local Tibetans who have mastered climbing and alpine outdoor sports generally. As usual, they performed well this time, he said.

"There are a few basic requirements before every climb," Tenzin said. "The first one is good physical health. Second is adequate preparation, training and equipment. Third, climbers needs to be mentally prepared."

The ascent of Luodui Mountain is relatively easy compared with other high mountains in the region. Still, it's necessary for the climbers to get prepared — between 15 and 30 days in advance, he said.

Tenzin's company is one of just a handful of private companies in Tibet that offer climbing and alpine sports services. The regional sports bureau has long supported these companies.

"This time during the climbing activity, as part of the support from the official level, the regional sports bureau has covered the costs of accommodations, transportation and food during the activity," Tenzin said.