Nepali climbers make history by becoming first to scale K2 peak in winter


A team of 10 Nepali climbers made history recently when it became the first ever to scale the second highest peak in the world, the K2 summit in winter. The feat achieved by the team is remarkable considering that K2 is the only one among 8,000-meter high peaks that was never scaled in winter.

Widely considered among one of the most dangerous and treacherous peaks in the world to climb, and often called the Savage Mountain, K2 is 8,611 metres (28,251ft) high and is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan side of the Karakoram range in Pakistan.

The team was a collaboration between the climbers affiliated with multiple teams: one led by Nimsdai Nirmal Purja and the other by Mingma Gyalje Sherpa. The climbers were

1. Nimsdai Purja
2. Mingma David Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
3. Mingma Tenzi Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
4. Geljen Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
5. Pem Chiri Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
6. Dawa Temba Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
7. Mingma G
8. Dawa Tenjin Sherpa (Team Mingma G)
9. Kilu Pemba Sherpa (Team Mingma G)
10. Sona Sherpa

After a successful climb, the team reached the base camp on 17th January 2021.

The expedition was organized by Seven Summit Treks.

So far, 86 climbers have lost lives in attempting to climb the K2 peak from the first ascent of K2 on July 31, 1954. It has the second-highest fatality rate among the 14 tallest peaks and for every four reaching the summit, around one climber never returns from the mountain.

Considering how challenging the climb is, isn’t this just an amazing feat achieved by this team? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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