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The triumphant crew of Nepali climbers who made historical past after they turned the primary to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter arrived safely again at base camp on Sunday, officers stated.

The ten climbers reached the highest of the world’s second-highest mountain on Saturday, the final peak above 8,000 metres (26,000 toes) to be conquered in wintertime.

Learn: Historical past made as Nepalese climbers grow to be first to achieve K2’s summit in winter

“All the 10 Nepali climbers arrived in the base camp this afternoon. They are in good health and relaxing,” Faizullah Firaq, a spokesperson for the Gilgit Baltistan authorities, informed AFP.

One of many profitable climbers, Nirmal Purja, who’s often known as Nimsdai, posted on social media: “The full team are now back… All safe and sound… It has been an overwhelming journey.”

Thaneshwor Guragain from Seven Summit Treks, a number one mountaineering firm behind one of many expeditions, stated extra climbers are nonetheless hoping to achieve the highest.

In contrast to Mount Everest, which has been topped by hundreds of climbers younger and outdated, K2 is a a lot lonelier place. However this winter, dozens of adventurers converged on the mountain hoping to take the report.

K2 is called the “Savage Mountain” due to its punishing circumstances: winds can blow at greater than 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour), and temperatures can drop to minus 60 levels Celsius (minus 76 Fahrenheit).

The descent could be simply as harmful as going up.

Saturday’s profitable summit was overshadowed by the loss of life of a Spanish climber from one other crew, Sergi Mingote, decrease down the perilous peak.

His physique was evacuated from base camp on Sunday to close by Skardu metropolis by a military helicopter, the Alpine Membership of Pakistan’s Karrar Haidri informed AFP.

Mingote was at an intermediate camp and fell on his means all the way down to the bottom camp, injuring his leg, based on his crew.

Purja stated his crew have been “deeply saddened to hear that we have lost a friend” and added, “Rest in peace my brother!”

The ten Nepali climbers had been unfold throughout completely different expeditions firstly, however fashioned a brand new group as a way to declare the summit in Nepal’s title, singing the nationwide anthem as they reached the highest.

Regardless of being famed for his or her climbing experience, there has by no means earlier than been a Nepali climber on the primary winter ascent of a peak larger than 8,000 metres.

Pakistan felicitates crew

Earlier, the federal government felicitated the crew of Nepalese mountaineers for making historical past by reaching K2’s summit in winter.

Calling the expedition as “one of the most coveted achievements in mountaineering,” the Overseas Workplace spokesperson wished the climbers a protected return from the height.

“Pakistan: The ultimate destination of mountaineering,” the spokesperson remarked on Twitter.

The historical past makers included Nirmal Purja, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Mingma G, Dawa Tenjin Sherpa, Kilu Pemba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa.

“The impossible is made possible! #K2winter — History made for mankind, history made for Nepal,” Nirmal Purja tweeted on Saturday.

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