Top 10 Expeditions of 2021: #2: The First Winter Ascent of K2

Over the last twelve months, ExplorersWeb TrekupIndia has documented exceptional adventures in climbing, cycling, running, walking, snowboarding, and some thing concerning force of will and determination to a dream inside the outside. As this yr comes to a near, we gift our countdown of the Top 10 Expeditions of 2021.On the night of January sixteen, 2021, as the solar set at the back of the Karakoram, 10 Nepali climbers stepped onto the summit of K2. With their summit, they made mountaineering records.The Savage Mountain had ultimately been climbed in iciness. A race that had started out with the Polish “lords of iciness” completed nearly forty years later.

Nine out of 10 summiters were Sherpa (and the tenth, a Magar), the historically anonymous employees who form the backbone of the massive industrial expeditions. That a Sherpa group took the prize added a feeling of historical justice to the occasion.

The summiters. Photo: Seven Summit Treks

The summiters were: Mingma Gyalgie Sherpa, Dawa Tenzing Sherpa, and Kilu Sherpa of Rolwaling, Nirmal Purja of Gandaky, Mingma Gyabu “David” Sherpa of Taplejung, Dawa Temba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa of Makalu, Pemchhiri Sherpa of Dolakha, and Gelje Sherpa and Mingma Tenzi Sherpa of Solukhumbu.

When they first set foot on the Baltoro Glacier handiest 3 weeks in advance, the 10 had been no longer a single unit however a part of three separate teams, with distinctive plans but the equal goal.Mingma G at K2 Base Camp. Photo: Mingma G

Three teams, one goal
For Mingma G, Dawa Tensing, and Kilu Sherpa, it was their 2d strive on Winter K2 after a failed business mission in 2019. Their preceding excursion didn’t get lots in addition than Camp 2. It ended with accusations from the 2 western members, John Snorri of Iceland and Tomaz Rotar of Slovenia, that Mingma G had ended the excursion for no appropriate cause.

“This time, I will pass with out clients. It’s a burden and too much duty,” Mingma G said before leaving for Pakistan within the fall of 2020.

Sona Sherpa was the primary to percentage a Winter K2 summit photograph. Photo:  7STSona Sherpa was working for Seven Summit Treks, by way of far the biggest group on the mountain. The organization’s CEO, Chhang Dawa, had taken aback the mountaineering network by way of pronouncing that he become inclined to organize a business day trip on this final ultimate iciness eight,000’er. Only a handful of tough-center Himalayan veterans had attempted this strong venture, and winter K2 had repelled all of them.

After the puja ceremony in Base Camp. Photo: Seven Summit TreksNewbies and veterans
The incredibly low value and the promise of glory attracted some of Dawa’s everyday clients. Some had limited 8,000m revel in, and none had tried the Himalaya in iciness before. It gave the look of a recipe for catastrophe. Sadly, it in the end proved so.

Some other K2 wintry weather hopefuls have been quite skilled, which includes Sergi Mingote and Juan Pablo Mohr. Both have been pals and well into their very own no-O2, 14×eight,000’er tasks. Nirmal PurjaNirmal Purja and his five teammates, plus Adrianna Brownlee (a 19-12 months-antique British lady aiming to reach Camp 2 as education for Everest the subsequent spring) and photographer Sandro Gromen-Hayes, had been included in the Seven Summit Treks permit however had their very own schedule. They have been the closing to attain Pakistan.John Snorri, Ali Sadpara, and Sajid Sapara. Photos: Elia Saikali. The 1/3 crew at the mountain changed into the best one with no Nepali participants. It changed into prepared by using John Snorri and assisted by using considered one of Pakistan’s nice climbers, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, the only man inside the expedition who had surely summited every other iciness 8,000’er (Nanga Parbat). The 1/3 member in their crew changed into Sadpara’s son, Sajid. Sajid became only 21 but had already summited K2 in summer time.

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