Eight Reasons Why K2 Is Tough.

Eight Reasons Why K2 Is Tough.

You must have heard about K2 that it is a tough mountain.But How? There must be more challenging mountains than K2 but it is likely they would be on some other planet. As far as earth is considered K2 is second to none.So what exactly make K2 a nightmare for even the most daring mountaineers and climbers? Here are few possible reasons:- 1.Its High. K2 is high and it is in fact so high that there exist exactly one point on earth higher than it. Although officially K2 is 237 m or 781 ft feet shorter than Everest there was a unique time in history once it was suspected that K2 might be higher than Everest! 2. Its Symmetrical. Ask a child to draw a mountain and most likely he or she will come up with a triangular figure with steep slopes. That is K2! The symmetrical shape of K2 is something which makes it a mountain that has no backdoor or easy route. Although Pakistani side is considered to be easier but it is not drastically different from the Chinese side. 3.It Lacks Snow. The word Karakorum means Black Rocks. K2 as the highest peak of this mountain range justifies the name. Its lacks snow and thus appears as a giant mass of bare rock and brittle ice making the climb more challenging. In addition strong winds on K2 blow off the snow, converting this snow white into a black beauty. 4.Its Windy. If there had to be one killer other than freezing temperatures on K2 it would be wind. It is one of the major differences between... read more

All Eyes on K2 – Part I (Journey of Eastern Team So far)

Just one month past 2019 and possibly the greatest adventure of the year is already unfolding at the world’s second highest mountain PakPeak K2 in Northern Pakistan. Although it may not be as historical as stepping on the moon nevertheless first ascent of K2 in winters will be a giant leap for ambitious humans. Till to date of all the 14 mountains that rise at least 8,000 meters (26,246 feet), K2 is the only peak unclimbed during winter. In the words of Alex Trikon, the team leader of Spanish / Polish dominated “Western Team” currently on K2, in an interview with Nat Geo said “I can’t say it’s the last challenge for the 8,000ers,but it is one of the last great challenges”. With two geo politically different teams on K2 i.e. Russian dominated “Eastern” and European dominated “Western” team, all eyes are set on K2 from experienced climbers to couch potatoes having remotest interest in climbing. Here is the journey of Eastren Team (Russia, Kazakhstan, and Kirghizstan) so far:- Vassily Pivtsov, from Kazakhstan is the lead mountaineer and have summited all 14 8,000ers without oxygen. The Eastern team arrived in base camp on January 15 and included some of the strongest high-altitude climbers.Group initially struggled to find a corporate sponsor, and raised money through selling T-shirts via their Instagram accountOn 2 January 2019, they landed at Islamabad Airport.On 4 January they moved from Islamabad.On 5 January, team reached Skardu.On 7 January move from Skardu for Askole.On 8 tJanuary moved out from Askole.On 13 th January  team reached Concordia (Throne of Mountains)On 14 th January 2019 moved for K2 Base Camp. Courtesy: National... read more

With Love From K2

  In a deeply moving statement, a message of goodwill was sent by a team of mountaineers who themselves are stuck on K2 due to extremely harsh weather for their mountaineer friends on  Nanga Parbat. Winter on K2 and Nanga Parbat This winter, unlike on PakPeak K2, where two highly skilled teams are present there is only one on Nanga Parbat. The expedition teams consists of two Pakistani and two European mountaineers along with a support team of 75 local porters. First winter ascent of  Nanga Parbat was done in 2016.Team included mountaineers Alex, Simone More and Ali Sadpapara. This time team will be trying to open a new route on Nanga Parbat, which it has named as ‘Mummery’. Team Nanga Parbat comprises of two Pakistanis including Rehmatullah with experience of PakPeak Gasherbrum-I and PakPeak Gasherbrum-II. Karim who scaled PakPeak Broad Peak is also in team. The European team included Thomas Ballard who is he son of famous British female mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who died on August 13, 1995 while descending from the summit of K2. The second Euorpean on Nanga Parbat is  Nardi who is is a seasoned mountaineer and had visited Pakistan more than 12 times.He had already scaled several peaks, including Mount Everest, PakPeak K2 and PakPeak Nanga Parbat. It will take at least two months to complete their voyage. Any one trying to climb an 8,000-meter have to negotiate with wind gusts of over 40mph/65kph. Such winds are capable to knock off the climbers from the mountain’s slope. While climbers on both the PakPeaks K2 and Nanga Parbat are trying hard to coup with wind and extreme... read more
Who are the Two on K2?

Who are the Two on K2?

  This winter season on the world’s second highest mountain K2 is historic in every sense. Widely considered as “the last problem of mountaineering” climbing K2 in Winters had been a distant dream so far.Since late eighty’s only four teams have tried to climb the summit in winter; all without success. It is now almost three decades since first attempt for K2 in Winter was done and no human to date have crossed K2 beyond 7650m altitude in harsh winter of Karakorum. Currently two Teams are on K2 seeking out to overcome this “Last Great Challenge” . First one is the ”Western Team” comprising of Spanish and Polish Mountaineers which is lavishly equipped and sponsored, led by 37 year old Spaniard  Alex Tricon.The second team is  a Russian / Kazakhstan / Kirghizstan dominated which can be referred as “Eastern Team”. This team unfortunately is neither well equipped nor sponsored enough . Despite of the fact that mountain climbing is a team sport which heavily depends on support staff including the accompanying sherpas and logistics people at the base camp it all ultimately boils down to the leadership of a daring mission like that.So how the team leaders of these two different and highly competitive teams compare to each other. The team leader of Western Team “Alex Txikon”  was born in Spain on December 12 , 1981. To his credit are almost thirty expeditions including fourteen of 8000ers . Most noticeably in 2016 he completed the first winter ascent to Nanga Parbat .With unsuccessful winter climb of Everest in 2017 and successful climb of Nanga Parbat in 2016 in Winter Alex is in good shape to... read more

A Clash of Civilizations On K2 : East Vs West

While most of the Pakistanis  desire to flock away somewhere due to harsh winters this season, there are few guests in town who are doing the opposite. It is about the ultimate mountain climbing challenge. The world’s most challenging mountain combined with the harshest of weather imaginable above sea level. Welcome to K2 in Winter. Out of all 14 8000erspeaks, K2 is the only un climbed peak in the extremes of winter. Two highly experienced teams ,are here to meet the challenge.One from East is Russian/Kazakhstan dominated while other one from West is Spanish/Poland dominated. The Eastern  team comprises of Vassiliy Pivtsov (Kazakhstan), the expedition leader, Dmitry Muraviov (Kazakhstan), Tursunali Aubakirov (Kazakhstan), Artem Brown (Russia), Konstantin Shepelin (Russia), Roman Abildaev (Russia) and Michael Danichkin (Kyrgyzstan). Their offical presence is https://www.winterk2exp2019.com/ https://www.instagram.com/winterk2exp2019/ The Westren team led by renowned mountaineer Alex Txikon of Spain, includes Felix Criado (Spain), Marek Klonowski (Poland) Pawel Dunaj (Poland) and eight seasoned Sherpas from Nepal. http://alextxikon.com/expedicion/9/en https://www.instagram.com/alextxikon/ K2 Winter Push : The challenge of reaching K2 in Winter is now almost three decades old. Four different expeditions tried to solve this problem, but to no avail. 1987-1988  Polish National Expedition from Pakistan side, led by Andrzej Zawada. Climbed till 7300 m 2002-2003  Polish expedition from Chinese side, led by Krzystof Wielicki. Climbed till 7650 m 2011-2012  Russian National Expedition from Pakistan side, led by Victor Kozlov. Climbed till 7200 m 2017-2018  Polish National Expedition from Pakistan side, led by Krzystof Wielicki. Climbed till 7400 m As of 27 January 2019 both teams are making progress and are in 6000m altitude range. Take a back seat, grab your cup of hot coffee... read more
Meet Pakistan’s Youngest Mountaineer

Meet Pakistan’s Youngest Mountaineer

Pakistan is a great place for climbers. It has five of world’s 14, 8000 meters and it has more than 100 peaks greater than 7000m. But how often is that a teenager can become an acclaimed trekker and morph into Pakistan’s Youngest Mountaineer. So as a matter of a fact this boy from Lahore is now on Pakistan’s climbing and mountaineering radar. His name  ? Shehroze Kashif. His age ? Fifteen Years. According to Shehroze his inspiration came from one of his father’s trip to Shogran where he saw some trekkers starting their journey towards the PakPeak Makra (3885m).So that must have been love at first sight as Shehroze was particularly curious about what his father and his trekking partners did when they got to the top.(A question he still must be finding answer). Next was PakPeak Musa Ka Musalla (4080m) in Kaghan Valley,which he also did at the age of 12 back in 2014. Next was PakPeak Ganga Choti (3044m)  situated in Pir Panjal Range and  located near Sudhan Gali in Bagh District, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.With enough experience under his belt by now, the little mountaineer eyed for something serious. PakPeak Mingli Sar (6050m) is in the Shimshal Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistan’s legendary mountaineer Nazir Sabir set foot for first time on PakPeak Minglik Sar (6050m) in 1988.After 27 year of Nazir Sabir’s great feat,15 year old Shehroze waved the national flag on top of  PakPeak Mingli Sar (6050m) on 31 July 2015. He mentions that it was difficult peak to scale as the route was less than ideal. Apart from the above mentioned climbing feats, Gondogoro Pass near K2 base camp remains his another... read more

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