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Nepalese Mountain Climbers Make History With The First Winter Ascent of K2

The 10 Nepalese climbers had earlier been spread across the different teams, but formed a new group in order to claim the feat in Nepal's name.

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A team of ten Nepalese climbers made history as they became the first mountaineers to scale  Pakistan’s K2 summit in the winter season. K2 is the world’s second-highest mountain.

Mingma Gyalje Sherpa ( Mingma G ), Kili Pemba Sherpa, Dawa Tenjin Sherpa, and 7 other climbers On January 16 at 05:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time, reached at top of K2 and set a record by climbing K2 for the first time in winter.

 

As being reported, on January 15 at 3:30 AM Mingma G reached camp 4 on K2. All climbers at camp 4 jointly made a push under the leadership of Mingma Gyalje towards Bottleneck. Mingma G with a proven track record of climbing eight-thousanders with other climbers made it to the summit.

The team started to ascent last night from camp 4 around 09:00 AM PST and reached bottleneck which is the most dangerous place on K2.

At 11:00 AM Mingma G reported that they have crossed Bottleneck. At 1:15 PM Mingma G was 200 meters away from the summit.

At 02:35 PM it is reported from the basecamp that the Nepalese Team had planned to stop 10 meters below the summit of K2 to form a group of all 10 climbers and get the summit together.

Finally, the world record was set, at 05:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time Sherpas reached the summit of K2.

To date, just a handful of winter expedition attempts have been made so far on K-2 the 8,611-metre (28,250-feet) mountain in the Karakoram range along the Chinese border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.