Hristo Prodanov

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Hristo Prodanov (Bulgarian: Христо Проданов) (February 24, 1943 - April 21, 1984) was a Bulgarian mountaineer. He was the first Bulgarian who climbed Mount Everest, doing it through the most difficult way - the West Ridge- as well as alone and without oxygen. He was the first person to climb Everest in April, when the weather conditions are generally too bad for an expedition. He died in a storm during the descent.

Prodanov was still a student when he became involved in mountaineering. He began work as a metallurgical engineer in Kremikovtzi AD in 1976. He had his first 7000 m ascent on August 6, 1967 when he climbed Lenin Peak. He had previously climbed several peaks in the Alps.

His major successes were related to Hindu Kush (1976) and Lhotse. In 1981, he was the first Bulgarian to climb Lhotse without the use of supplementary oxygen.

His niece, Mariana Prodanova Maslarova, attempted to climb Mt. Everest (without the use of supplemental oxygen) on the 20-year anniversary of her uncle's death. Maslarova died of exposure at 8,700 meters, exactly 20 years and 30 days after her uncle.


8000m ascents[edit]

  • Lhotse (8516m) - April 30, 1981, solo, without oxygen
  • Everest (8848m) - April 20, 1984, solo, without oxygen

7000m ascents[edit]

  • Lenin Peak (7134m) - August 2, 1975, July 28, 1982, August 6, 1982, July 13, 1983, August 2, 1983
  • Communism Peak, today known as Ismail Samani Peak (7495m) - July 29, 1980, July 24, 1983
  • Peak Korzhenevskaya (7105m) - July 28, 1979, July 31, 1979, August 8, 1982, July 29, 1983
  • Noshaq (7492m) - July 30, 1976




Prodanov received several awards, including:

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