Climbers in Pakistan to claim winter ascent of K2

Islamabad, 10th January: Nearly five dozen climbers from different countries including Nepal, the US, Iceland, and Spain arrived in Pakistan to climb the second-highest peak K2.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, 59 mountaineers from 19 countries are in Pakistan to climb K2 as their winter expedition.

As per reports, Chhang Dawa Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer is in Pakistan to attempt what no human has ever achieved before.

Sherpa, 38, who is leading a team of climbers from more than 19 countries to K2’s summit, told Arab News, “I really want to make this mountaineering dream come true.”

Sherpa, who until last year was the youngest person in the world to have conquered all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, apart from K2, added, “K2 is very technical and also very cold, very harsh weather, it’s very challenging.”

Now his younger brother, Mingma Sherpa has broken his record.

As per reports, two teams of climbers kicked off their expeditions while the third team, comprising more than 50 members from over 15 countries, left for Skardu on Dec 21, 2020.

Sherpa’s team, the largest one attempting the winter summit this year, had planned to reach K2’s base camp by Dec 24.

The team comprised of 27 climbers from Nepal and 23 from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Spain, Canada, Finland, the US, Chile, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia.

Pakistani climbers Imtiaz Hussain and Akbar Ali are also part of the expedition, which has been organized by Blue Sky Treks and Tours.

Another three-member team from Nepal, led by Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, left for the K2 base camp on Dec. 8.

As per reports from the Arab News, the third team comprising of three members, John Snorri from Iceland and Pakistanis Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid, has already reached the advanced base camp. The group had planned to fix lines up to camps 1 and 2 but bad weather forced them to return.

K2 is located between the Pakistan-China border and is about the length of two-and-a-half football fields shorter than Everest (8,848 meters).

It is considered to be the toughest and most dangerous mountain to climb. According to National Geographic, a winter ascent has only been attempted five times before 2019.

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