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AnnapurnaOver time, you begin to understand,
that the limits do not exist.
All of the existing limits
Only in our head.
The choice is always ours.
Our entire destiny
depends only on it.
Valery Babanov







The title is not just fine words, not an abstract advertising slogan, but simply the restatement of the dry facts. Stellox is the general partner of the expedition to the Himalayas to climb to the top of more than 8000 meters. The expedition began March 17 in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, and lasted through the spring of 2009.

On Earth, there are 14 peaks that soar to heights, exceeding 8000 meters. By definition, this is the height, at which there can be no life, as the content of the oxygen in the air is only 30 % of the normal level. Stay of the person here is strictly limited in time.

Though as of today people could ascend  all these Giants, but still, any ascent to such extraordinary heights require great effort and careful preparation. Even climbing simple, so-called "classic routes" to their heights, demands highest requirements for everyone.

Among those challenging Himalayan peaks, there is always a very small pleiad of climbers who are not comfortable with the fact of having to simply climb the 8000 meters using easiest route. They always chose the most difficult, the most risky and most beautiful routes to the top.

It is this group of people, who "promoted" high-altitude mountaineering to some new, unseen limit. Though, they have always believed that the limits do not exist. They "did" mountaineering, and they succeeded in their example of showing the strength of the human spirit. The expedition, in which Stellox is a general partner, is organized by two climbers: Valery Babanov and Victor Afanasiev. Their plan is a new route to the altitude of Annapurna (8091m) in the Nepalese Himalayas. And though nowadays Annapurna is the first eight-thousander, conquered by the man, there were less successful ascents on it than any other eight-thousander and more cases of failure and injury. The expedition plans an approach to the top of the Annapurna from the Southern side and acclimatization for two – three weeks on slopes of this eight-thousander. Next - a complex transition under the Annapurna from the other side - from the Northwest, short rest, and climbing to the top on the Western Wall. Descent - at West Ridge, and further along the NW Wall back into the valley.


North-Western Wall of Annapurna height. The route of Expedition will be laid on this wall.

Annapurna mountain range rises above heavily snow-covered foothills and a valley of the river Kali Gandaki.

Annapurna - a mountain massif 55 km long in the Great Himalaya Range, the western part of Nepal, the highest point of which is Annapurna I (8,091 m), the first "eight-thousander", conquered by the man. Annapurna's peak was first reached by French mountain climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, they climbed it on June 3, 1950.

February 3, 1987 - the first winter ascent of Poles Jerzy Kukuczka and Arthur Heiser, and May 1, 1970 - the first female ascent of Annapurna by Japanese woman Junko Tabej. The array is located in the southern spur of the Great Himalaya Range, which is widely ramified. In its southwest branch, between the rivers Kali Gandaki and Miristi, there is quite a powerful array of Nilgiri. Annapurna massif is located in the next, also southwest branch, between the rivers Miristi and Modi-Khola. There are also many mountain peaks  in the further extension of the southern spur, once again branching into a southern and southeastern direction. The largest of them - Annapurna II (7937 m).

Support for this expedition is not simply a sponsored event. The expedition to the top of Annapurna and its main partner Stellox have much in common, despite the seemingly unrelated areas: climbing and car spare parts. This is a conquest of new peaks, the desire to overcome difficulties and go against the very complex circumstances. Daily breaking new barriers, just like this expedition, Stellox clambers on top of success in the market of spare parts, which already has enough pioneers.

In climbing to get to the top using beaten path is boring and not interesting, so you have to look for new and innovative ways of conquering stone giants. In the auto business you also cannot succeed by copying someone else's way. You need to constantly look for new ways and ideas to reach peaks. Ambition and search of all new and non-standard unite Stellox and Valery Babanov's expedition to one of the most complex "eight-thousanders".

By the standards of the auto parts business Stellox brand is quite young. But Stellox has already conquered its first top  - has earned the trust of many clients in the automotive markets of the CIS countries. This is due to the guarantee of stable quality and popular product range.

We hope that the success of our common cause — the expedition to the top of Annapurna — will once again prove that dedication and hard work will always be rewarded.

Participants of the expedition:

Valery Babanov – Master of sports of the international class, world renowned mountain climber with a large number of expeditions, the very fact of which is difficult to even imagine. The partner of Valery in this expedition will be Victor Afanasiev, young and strong climber.

Last year, in 2008, this two-man team of climbers Babanov - Afanasiev, managed to make an incredible double of two new routes to two different eight thousanders in Karakorum: on Broad Peak (8047 m) and Gasherbrum-1 (8035) in less than a month! This is an outstanding achievement!


Valery Babanov (left) and Victor Afanasiev (right) at the top of Broad Peak (8047 m) in Pakistan.

Expedition website: www.babanov.com

The general partner of the expedition - car spare parts Stellox.

Other partners of the expedition: Bask, Grivel, Scarpa, Julbo, Beal.


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