January 21, 2021
Ten Nepalis have become first to climb Mt K2 in the severe winter for the first time this season.
The 8,611 metres (28,251 feet) K2, or Chhogori, the world’s second-tallest peak straddles Pakistan and China and was climbed at 17:00 (local time) Saturday for the first time in winter.
“WE DID IT, BELIEVE ME WE DID IT- JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT NEVER DONE BEFORE,”Chhang Dawa Sherpa, the leader of the K2 expedition, wrote on his Facebook wall.
Thirteen of the world’s 14 peaks taller than 8,000-meters had already been climbed in winter–except K2.
All the 10 climbers gathered 10 meters below the summit and formed a group to get to the top together.
Everything went smoothly though a difficult journey, except the sad news about the death of Spanish climber Sergi Mingote, who was the co-leader of the K2 winter expedition.
However, was not part of the Saturday’s climbing team.
The veteran climber suddenly fell down to advanced base camp (5,600 metres) from Camp 1 (6,075 metres) while descending to base camp.