■ 2017.12.01

Waseda University team scales unclimbed Nepal Himalaya mountain

Waseda University team scales unclimbed Mount Lajo Dada in Nepal Himalayas  

A three-man team from Waseda Alpine Club successfully scaled the Mount Lajo Dada, 6,426 meters, in the Nepal Himalayas for the first time in the world.

This climbing feat by three young climbers from Waseda University in Tokyo was achieved in mid-October. The three men – expedition party leader Kojuro Hagihara, 24, sub-leader Yudai Suzuki, 23, and Norifumi Fukuda, 21 – reached the peak on Oct. 17. Hagiwara is a recent graduate, while Fukuda is a senior majoring in sport science at the university and Suzuki a fifth-year law student.

The party left Japan on Sept. 20. They began their attack, leaving the final camp at 5,730 meters at 3:20 a.m. on Oct. 17, and reached the mountain top at 5:30 p.m. They returned the camp in the early next morning, according to their reports to the alpine club.

Mount Lajo Dada is an independent peak and one of the 104 peaks the Nepalese government lifted bans for climbing only three years ago, and the expedition team had overcome various difficulties, including difficulties in gathering information about the mountain itself, its exact location and approaches. 

The expedition team was sent to mark the 100th anniversary in 2020 of the Waseda Alpine Club’s founding.