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K2 Winter.

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Into the impossible
once more

At 1645 local time Nimsdai and his team, along with team Mingma G and one mountaineer from team SST, officially became the first mountaineers to ever summit K2 in winter.

This marks a huge feat for the Nepalese climbing community, and humankind, as this shows the power of true collaboration; no ego just a joint vision. In a statement from the summit, Nimsdai expressed: “What a journey. I’m humbled to say that as a team, we have summited the magnificent K2 in extreme winter conditions. We set out to make the impossible possible and we are honoured to be sharing this moment, not only with the Nepalese climbing community but with communities all across the world. Mother nature always has bigger things to say and standing on the summit, witness to the sheer force of her extremities, we are proud to have been a part of history for humankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible. Thank you for the support we’ve received from people all around the globe, it gave us fire in our chest to make this goal a reality.”
– Nimsdai Purja.

The summit team comprised of:

  • Nimsdai Purja  (Team Nimsdai)
  • Mingma David Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
  • Mingma Tenzi Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
  • Geljen Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
  • Pem Chiri Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
  • Dawa Temba Sherpa (Team Nimsdai)
  • Mingma G (Team Mingma G)
  • Dawa Tenzing Sherpa (Team Mingma G)
  • Kilu Pemba Sherpa (Team Mingma G)
  • Sona Sherpa (Team SST)

The greatest, the hardest, the last.

There are countless reasons why K2 remained for so many years the only 8000m peak unclimbed during the winter season. Even in the most favourable summer climbing conditions K2 quickly gained the reputation as ‘Savage Mountain’ which has clearly contributed to the mountain’s strong allure for generations of mountaineers.

Winter brings with it a whole different level of danger and challenge. Numerous teams have attempted since 1987/88, but all have fallen short. Not only do the sheerness of the slopes and overall exposure create a technically challenging climb, weather is always the great opponent on K2 all year round. Summit winds reach hurricane force, still-air temperatures are well below -65 degrees and the winter’s low barometric pressure means even less oxygen – so the margins of error are almost non-existent, the smallest mistake could have catastrophic consequences and until now why many considered it to be an impossible mission.

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We are proud to have been a part of history for humankind and to show that teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible.

Strength / Leadership / Commitment / Integrity / Positivity are all values required for achieving the impossible and these lay at the heart of Nimsdai’s values and the wider team. They are values that have proven themselves to be the recipe for success time and time again delivering a 100% success rate on 8000m projects.

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