The triumphant crew of Nepali climbers who made historical past once they grew to become the primary to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter arrived safely again at base camp on Sunday, officers stated.
The 10 climbers reached the highest of the world’s second-highest mountain on Saturday, the final peak above 8,000 metres (26,000 toes) to be conquered in wintertime.
“All the 10 Nepali climbers arrived in the base camp this afternoon. They are in good health and relaxing,” Faizullah Firaq, a spokesperson for the Gilgit Baltistan authorities, advised AFP.
One of the profitable climbers, Nirmal Purja, who’s also called Nimsdai, posted on social media: “The full team are now back… All safe and sound… It has been an overwhelming journey.”
Thaneshwor Guragain from Seven Summit Treks, a number one mountaineering firm behind one of many expeditions, stated extra climbers are nonetheless hoping to achieve the highest.
Unlike Mount Everest, which has been topped by 1000’s of climbers younger and outdated, K2 is a a lot lonelier place. But this winter, dozens of adventurers converged on the mountain hoping to take the document.
K2 is named the “Savage Mountain” due to its punishing circumstances: 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 might be simply as harmful as going up.
Saturday’s profitable summit was overshadowed by the demise 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 Club of Pakistan’s Karrar Haidri advised AFP.
Mingote was at an intermediate camp and fell on his means all the way down to the bottom camp, injuring his leg, in accordance with his crew.
Purja stated his crew had been “deeply saddened to hear that we have lost a friend” and added, “Rest in peace my brother!”
The 10 Nepali climbers had been unfold throughout totally different expeditions at the beginning, however shaped a brand new group to be able to declare the summit in Nepal’s identify, singing the nationwide anthem as they reached the highest.
Despite 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 increased than 8,000 metres.
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