Climbers make history by scaling K2 in winter

Climbers make history by scaling K2 in winter

A group of 10 Nepali Sherpas on Jan 16, 2021, made history when they scaled K2, the killer mountain, for the first time in the winter. 

“THE IMPOSSIBLE IS MADE POSSIBLE!  K2 winter – History made for mankind, History made for Nepal,” said Nirma Purja, one Nepali veteran mountaineer, on twitter.

At 17:00 hrs local time Nimsdai and team summited K2, teaming up with Mingma G and team and a member from SST, Sona Sherpa.

“A very special moment. The whole team waited 10m below the summit to form a group then stepped onto the summit together whilst singing our Nepalese National Anthem.

“We are proud to have been a part of history for humankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible.” 

The 8,611 metre-high K2 is the only peak that had never been conquered in the winter. Most mountaineers wanted to reach the top without bottled oxygen, which is usually necessary while attempting to summit peaks above 8,000 metres.

 

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