Ten Nepali climbers set a new world record by becoming the first to reach the summit of the world’s second-highest mountain- K2 in winter. According to mountaineer Nimsdai Purja, a member of the group, they reached the peak at 17:00 local time.
The climbers were initially separated across three to four competing teams, in all totalling 60 people. However, later the 10 Nepalis formed a single group to claim the historic achievement in Nepal’s name.
Ever since the first attempt in 1987-88, only a handful of winter expeditions have been attempted on K2. Until now, no one had reached higher than 7,650 metres.
This winter, dozens of climbers have attempted to climb the 8,611 m (28,251ft) mountain in the hope to achieve the same feat. However, just this weekend a Spanish mountaineer died after suffering a fall while descending.
K2, though 200 m shorter than the Everest is one of the only 14 mountains higher than 8,000m and is widely considered one of the most demanding of all in winter seasons. K2 is a part of the Karakoram Range which straddles the Pakistan-China border.
The treacherous section of “Bottleneck” which is a couloir is notorious for its icefalls. It claimed the lives of 11 climbers in an avalanche in 2008.
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