Nepal climbers make history with first winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2

World’s second-tallest mountain K2 summited for the first time in winter by Nepali climbers

A team of Nepali climbers on Saturday made history after becoming the first to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter. They sang their country’s national anthem as they reached the top.

Dozens of mountaineers have been competing over the past few weeks to summit the world’s second-highest mountain (8,000 meters or 26,246 feet) – the last remaining great prizes in mountaineering.

Nepalese climbers reached the summit of K2 (Chhogori 8611m) on January 16 at 16:58 local time. “This is the first winter ascent of the 2nd highest mountain in the world and the only eight thousander (8000er) peak remained to be climbed in winter” the team said.

“We did it” tweeted Seven Summit Treks, the company leading the K2’s winter expeditions.

10 proud mountaineers

  • Nirmal Purja
  • Gelje Sherpa
  • Mingma David Sherpa
  • Mingma Ge
  • Sona Sherpa
  • Mingma Tenzi Sherpa
  • Pem Chhiri Sherp
  • Dawa Temba Sherpa
  • Kili Pemba Sherpa
  • Dawa Tenjing Sherpa

K2 is also known as the “savage mountain,” as winds on the peak can blow at more than 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour) and temperatures can drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit).

Salma Khan
Salma writes on topics ranging from education to technology to business. She can be reached at Twitter and Facebook.

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