GILGIT: On Sunday, another three-member team arrived in Pakistan from Nepal to attempt to climb K2, the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres, in winter.
On Sunday evening, a team consisting of Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, Dawa Tenzing Sherpa and Kili Pemba Sherpa arrived at Islamabad airport.
Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, the leader of the expedition, has already climbed 13 of the 14 peaks above 8,000 metres in the country. In the season, he scaled Everest (8,848 metres) five times and K2 twice.
He is also the first Cheki-Go (6,257m), Bamongo (6,400m) and Chobuje to have scaled (6,685m).
Last year without using supplemental oxygen, Mingma Gyalje stood atop G-II (8, 034 metres).
Mingma Gyalje told the media before leaving for Pakistan that he would attempt to ascend K2 without the use of extra oxygen.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks standing over 8,000 metres, but only foreigners have made the first ascent of all these peaks. So by scaling K2 in winter, I have decided to take a challenge to have Nepali climbers on the list,” he added.
“This season, I believe K2 will be a tough choice, but we are a very strong team,” he said.
Dawn was informed by a tour operator that on Tuesday the team members would fly to Skardu from Islamabad for their onward journey to K2 base camp.
Meanwhile, extreme weather destroyed another winter expedition team’s tents and kitchen at Sunday’s K2 base camp. The team is headed by Iceland’s John Snorri and includes Mohammad Ali Sadpara and Sajid Sadpara, his uncle.
The squad arrived at Saturday’s K2 base camp.
John Snorri said the weather was insane last night in his Facebook post, and some of our tents and kitchen tent were destroyed.
In mid-December, a third winter K2 expedition team consisting of 24 climbers from different countries will arrive in Pakistan to attempt the K2 summit.
Meanwhile in winter, Russian-American Alex Goldfarb and Hungarian Zoltan Szlanko both aim to ascend Wide Peak (8,047 metres).