Nepalese team becomes first to ascent K2 in winter
Islamabad (TP) January 16, 2021: Nepalese climbers made a history on Saturday after they scalled up the second highest peak, K2, also nicknamed the Savage Mountain, for the first time in history in the winter.
The 8,611-metre high peak is the only one of the world’s 14 tallest mountains to have ever been climbed in the winter.
According to media reports, while ascending K2, the maximum height achieved by teams in winters in the past was 25,320 feet.
The ten-member Nepali team consisted of Nirmal Purja , Gelje Sherpa, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma G, Sona Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa.
The climbers are from an all-Nepali expedition led by Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, Nims Purja’s team, and a Seven Summit Treks group.
All the ten climbers, who left Base Camp on Tuesday, January 12, stopped 30-feet below the summit on a relatively safe spot so that they could summit together in a sign of solidarity. No individual was listed as first.
At around 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021, the whole team stood on the summit of the world’s second-highest mountain.
“We did it, believe me, we did it- journey to the summit never done before,” Seven Summits Treks tweeted on Saturday. Mechanical arm, the Karakorum’s ‘Savage Mountain’ has been summited in most dangerous season: Winter. Nepalese Climbers finally reached the summit of Mt. K2 (Chhogori 8611m), this afternoon at 17:00 local time,” it added.
“We are proud to have been a part of history for humankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible,” Nirmal Purja, one of the team leaders said.
So far, 367 climbers have summited the peak in summer seasons. In this journey, as many as 86 international climbers have lost their lives in attempt to summit the peak. First ascent of K2 in summer as done by Italian mountaineer Lino Lacedelli on 31 July 1954.