The Georgian team led by Archil Badriashvili has made it! At 3:30pm local time on Sept 9, Badriashvili, Baqar Gelashvili, and Giorgi Tepnadze summited the previously unclimbed face of 7,349m Saraghrar NW in the Hindu Kush, Terich valley of Upper Chitral.
The three are currently descending and will not reach base camp until tomorrow. Their plan, according to outfitter Terichmir Travels, is to overnight at around 7,000m.
Although the Georgian climbers have not enjoyed a lot of press, they have an impressive background of highly technical new routes and first ascents.
The rocky face they climbed was attempted unsuccessfully at least three times by Spanish expeditions. It’s still unknown whether they went in a single push, in alpine style or with previously fixed sections. But there is no easy way up that face.
They also carried out their expedition in an isolated part of Pakistan’s Chitral. Overall, this could be one of the most interesting climbs this year.