Mountain climbers reach the top of K2 for the first time during winter | NOW

A team of Nepalese mountaineers managed to reach the highest point of K2, the second highest mountain in the world, during the winter on Saturday. It was the last eight-thousanders that had never been successfully climbed in winter.

The ten Nepalese climbers reached the highest point around 5:00 pm (local time). It took them almost a month to climb.

The K2 is located on the border of Pakistan with China in the Karakoram Mountains. The mountain is 8,611 meters high and is known as one of the toughest climbs in the world. It is the highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest in Nepal.

The steep slopes in combination with avalanches and other extreme weather conditions make the K2 a great challenge for even the most experienced mountaineers. There can be gusts of wind of more than 200 kilometers per hour and the temperature can drop to -60 degrees Celsius.

Dozens of mountaineers die on K2 every year. According to NASA, 29 percent of climbers do not survive an expedition (on Mount Everest, that’s about 4 percent).

Spanish climber’s death overshadows Nepalese success

The success of the Nepalese team was overshadowed on Saturday by the unfortunate death of the Spanish top climber Sergi Mingote. He fell into a crevasse in the afternoon and died on the spot. Earlier in the day, he posted another message on Instagram that he had reached the 7,000-meter mark on the 27th day of his expedition.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called Mingote on Twitter a great sportsman and mourned his death.


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