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Nepali team first to top world’s 2nd tallest peak in winter

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14 2019 porters set up tents at the Concordia camping site in front of K2 summit

The same day, however, a Spanish climber lost his life after falling into a crevasse at camp 1.

On Saturday at about 1656 hours, the 10 Nepalese climbers from three different expedition teams stood on the top of K2.

Out of the 10, Mingma G is climbing without supplemental Oxygen (O2). In the days before last night's summit push, the two groups combined forces.

The testing landscape of K2 has led to attempts normally being made in July or August, during the warmest periods.

On Facebook, Nirmal Purja, one of the triumphant mountaineers, described "a very special moment".

"We stepped onto the summit together whilst singing our Nepalese national anthem", he wrote on his blog.

"Finally we did it. We hope now that they can all make it back down safely", warned Ang Tshering Sherpa, the former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. He was coordinating from the base camp.

As news of their success broke, it was also confirmed that another climber, Spaniard Sergi Mingote, died after experiencing a severe fall.

"I'd be happy seeing my country's flag on the list for winter".

"For decades, Nepalis have assisted foreigners to reach the summits of the Himalayas, but we've not been getting the recognition we deserve", said Kami Rita, speaking to AFP.

Historically, Polish, Russian, and Italian climbers have dominated winter attempts on the 8,000-meter mountains, so this all-Nepali team was motivated not only to summit but to make a statement that Nepali and Sherpa climbers are among the best in the world.

"Savage Mountain" is named after the conditions there. The steepness of the terrain, loose rocks and unpredictable weather makes K2 risky climb.

The highest point ever reached during winters was 7,650m.

Not only the Gilgit-Baltistan government but climbers from across the world congratulated the Nepali climbers for their achievement. "It will be a new dawn of winter tourism in the region", the CM said.

The climbers summit K-2 peak around 17:00 hours. However, while the world record was being set, all the celebration was dampened by the death of a veteran climber.

"A team of 10 Nepalese sherpas have scaled the K2 this afternoon", the secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP), Karrar Haidri told dpa on Saturday.

Earlier on December 19, 2020, an global winter K2 expedition reached Pakistan. K2 is the world's second-highest mountain.

"Other climbers-Alex Gavan, Tamara and two from Poland helped him at advanced base camp".

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