Nepal Climbers 1st To Scale K2, World's 2nd Highest Mountain, In Winter

17 Janvier, 2021, 07:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • 14 2019 porters set up tents at the Concordia camping site in front of K2 summit

"Sherpas are top climbers of the world, and it is a proud moment for us".

The Sherpa group on the summit of K2. K2winter- History made for mankind. "The whole team waited 10m below the summit to form a group then stepped onto the summit together", said jubilant Nirmal who along with Mingma was leading the Nepalese climbers' team.

"Finally we did it".

"This is the greatest achievement in the history of mountaineering, this is a good example of teamwork".

The winter summiteers were: Nimsdai Purja, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, of Team Nimsdai; Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, Dawa Tenzing Sherpa, Kilu Pemba Sherpa of Team Mingma G; and Sona Sherpa of Team Seven Summits Trek.

While climbers were making bids to the summit, there was bad news at base camp.

But lower down the mountain, climbers were mourning the death of Sergi Mingote - a Spanish climber. It had never before been summited during winter. According to Radio Pakistan, the team was led by Chhang Dawa Sherpa.

Despite being famed for their climbing expertise, there has never before been a Nepali climber on the first winter ascent of a peak over 8,000 metres.

"The Karakorum's "Savage Mountain" been summited in most unsafe season: winter".

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Speaking to Xinhua, Karar Haidari, secretary general of Alpine Club of Pakistan, a non-governmental organization working for promotion of mountaineering and adventure tourism in Pakistan, said the 10-member Nepalese team was the first one to reach the summit of 8,611 meters in winter.

"Savage Mountain" is named after the conditions there.

"Nepali climbers have made history again".

The highest point ever reached during winters was 7,650m. Congratulating the Nepalese climbers, GB chief minister said: "I hope the other mountaineers will also succeed in their quest". He further said he wished for the continued success of the country's mountaineers. "It will be a new dawn of winter tourism in the region", the CM said.

Former Gurkha and Special Boat Service soldier Nirmal "Nims" Purja and nine other Nepalese climbers reached the summit of K2 at midday United Kingdom time.

"It is wonderful that today on K2 10 Nepalis have made history and shown our bravery and strength", added Mr Rita, who has climbed Everest a record 24 times.

Earlier on December 19, 2020, an worldwide winter K2 expedition reached Pakistan.

A team of climbers triumphed yesterday, becoming the first to conquer the world's second-highest mountain in winter.

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