KATHMANDU, Nepal — A Nepali mountain-climbing team said Saturday that it had reached the peak of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, a feat never before accomplished during winter.
“The impossible is made possible!” the team leader Nirmal Purja wrote on Facebook. “History made for mankind. History made for Nepal!”
Seven Summit Treks, an expedition company organizing the effort, said the 10 climbers had gotten to the peak on Saturday afternoon, conquering what it called “Savage Mountain” during the most dangerous climbing season.
Climbers say K2 is one of the toughest mountains to ascend even in more forgiving spring weather.
“Standing atop Mount K2 in winter is a historical and remarkable job,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. “Nepali climbers proved their mountaineering skills. It’s a proud moment.”
has set records before. In 2019, Mr. Purja reached the summit of each the world’s 14 highest mountains in just over six months, a milestone for climbers.
Seven Summit Treks touted Saturday’s ascent as a landmark achievement and a testament to teamwork, but it also noted the risks still awaiting the climbers.
“It’s K2 and it’s winter, still many uncertain things may occur, we never know,” the company wrote. “Hope everyone descends to the
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