Mighty and beautiful, but equally treacherous, many climbers have perished on the slopes of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. One such unlucky soul was Bulgarian climber Hristo Prodanov. On 20th April 1984 he became the first climber from his country to summit Mount Everest and the first climber to scale West Ridge solo without the use of supplementary oxygen. Sadly Prodanov lost his life while descending from the West Ridge.
In memory of this valiant soul, a memorial plate was put up at Thugla by friends and family. Over the years, old and weathered, the memorial plate eventually got lost. But this autumn friends of Pradanov, Christo & Dorte Enkov from Denmark decided to journey to Nepal to place a new memorial plate for their departed friend.
Their trek to Thugla & to EBC was organized by Explore Himalaya. They dropped in at our office after returning from Lukla and shared their experience with us. Here is what they had to say;
Christo & Dorte Enkov – “We had a fantastic trek and we are back in Kathmandu after having fulfilled our mission. We have placed a memorial plate for our friend at the memorial site above Thugla. We saw and experienced the magic of your beautiful mountains, the proud, hardworking and always helpful and friendly people. The weather was as expected in high mountains changeable: clouds and rain and snow and sunshine and high skies.
Due to our photo equipment we chose two porters and are very happy that we took this decision. We were a fantastic team and the spirit was high every day even after days of walking. Thanks to local knowledge, enormous network and a very special “Fingerspitzgefühl”, we have had only good accommodation and fantastic food.
Our best recommendations for the team and organizers and for you for caring for us. Be prepared for the mountains and you will be sure to have an experience of a lifetime. See you in the mountains!”
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