The triumphant crew of Nepali climbers who made historical past after they grew to become the primary to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter arrived safely again at base camp on Sunday, officers mentioned.
The 10 climbers reached the highest of the world’s second-highest mountain on Saturday, the final peak above 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) to be conquered in wintertime.
“All the ten Nepali climbers arrived within the base camp this afternoon. They’re in good well being and stress-free,” Faizullah Firaq, a spokesperson for the Gilgit Baltistan authorities, instructed AFP.
One of many profitable climbers, Nirmal Purja, who’s also referred to as Nimsdai, posted on social media: “The complete crew at the moment are again… All secure and sound… It has been an amazing journey.”
Thaneshwor Guragain from Seven Summit Treks, a number one mountaineering firm behind one of many expeditions, mentioned extra climbers are nonetheless hoping to achieve the highest.
Not like Mount Everest, which has been topped by hundreds of climbers younger and outdated, K2 is a a lot lonelier place. However this winter, dozens of adventurers converged on the mountain hoping to take the report.
K2 is named the “Savage Mountain” due to its punishing situations: winds can blow at greater than 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour), and temperatures can drop to minus 60 levels Celsius (minus 76 Fahrenheit).
The descent could be simply as harmful as going up.
Saturday’s profitable summit was overshadowed by the dying of a Spanish climber from one other crew, Sergi Mingote, decrease down the perilous peak.
His physique was evacuated from base camp on Sunday to close by Skardu metropolis by a military helicopter, the Alpine Membership of Pakistan’s Karrar Haidri instructed AFP.
Mingote was at an intermediate camp and fell on his means right down to the bottom camp, injuring his leg, in response to his crew.
Purja mentioned his crew have been “deeply saddened to listen to that we’ve got misplaced a buddy” and added, “Relaxation in peace my brother!”
The ten Nepali climbers had been unfold throughout totally different expeditions firstly, however shaped a brand new group as a way to declare the summit in Nepal’s title, singing the nationwide anthem as they reached the highest.
Regardless of being famed for his or her climbing experience, there has by no means earlier than been a Nepali climber on the primary winter ascent of a peak larger than 8,000 metres.
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