Nepalese climbers first to ascent K2 in winter

Nepalese climbers first to ascent K2 in winter

A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday become the first mountaineers to successfully complete a winter attempt on the summit of K2 which is the second tallest peak of the world.

The group of sherpas had paused at a point 70 metres short of the 8,611 metres (28,251 feet) peak to wait for each other before climbing into the world's history books together at around 5 pm in the evening.

The group were named as Nirmal Purja, Gelje Sherpa, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma G, Sona Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa, and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa.

The previous highest altitude achieved on K2 in winter was 7,750 meters by Denis Urubko and Marcin Kaczkan, set nearly two decades ago.

First climbed in 1954 by Italian Achille Compagnoni, K2 which is located on the Pakistan China border is notorious for its sleep slopes and high winds, and in winter its surface becomes slick ice.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic had meant restrictions on travel severely impacted the traditional summer mountaineering season in the Karakoram Range and Pakistan in particular, which is home to five of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.