K2, a part of the Karakoram Range that straddles the Pakistan-China border, is the second highest mountain on this planet at 8,611 meters (28,251 ft).
A ‘Savage Mountain’
Compared to the greater than 4,000 those who have climbed Mount Everest — the world’s tallest mountain at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) — solely 350 individuals had stood on K2’s peak as of 2018 because it was first topped in 1954.
A crew of 10 Nepali climbers on Saturday reached the highest of K2 — marking the primary time the summit has been climbed in the course of the winter seasons, in response to the expedition organizer Seven Summit Treks.
K2 was the one mountain over 8,000 meters that had not been summited in winter.
“The impossible is made possible,” Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja, an ex-British Special Forces soldier, mentioned on his official Instagram account after he and his crew completed the uncommon feat. “History made for mankind. History made for Nepal,” he wrote.
“We are proud to have been a part of history for mankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible,” Purja mentioned.
Sugam Pokharel and Rory Smith contributed to this report.