Mt.K2 winter summiteers arrive in Kathmandu (Photo Feature)

26th Jan, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

Ten Nepali climbers, who set a new record by successfully climbing the world's second highest mountain ‘K2' in winter, have arrived in Kathmandu. A group of 10 Nepali climbers who have set a world record in the field of mountaineering, have returned to Nepal after setting a record in mountaineering.

The team includes Nirmal Purja ‘Nimsdai’, Migma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenjing Sherpa, Gyalzen Sherpa, Prem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, Kilu Sherpa, Mingma G, Dawa Tenjing Sherpa and Sona Sherpa. Out of the ten climbers, Nirmal Purja had climbed the mountain without oxygen. After a rousing welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport this morning, they paraded with a motorcycle rally to reach the Nepal Tourism Board. They will be commended at the NTB by the joint auspices of the Department of Tourism, Mountaineering Association of Nepal and other tourism organizations.

The Nepali team had reached the summit of Mt K2 on January 16, Saturday. A picture of the Nepali flag being hoisted along with the national anthem of Nepal on the summit was made public on social media. The ascent schedule was delayed due to inclement weather. In the second camp, the climber's tripod and the equipment required for the ascent were blown away, adding some challenges to the ascent. Amidst various difficulties, the climbers managed to cross the summit and spread the glory of Nepal all over the world.

The Nepali team has succeeded in creating another new history in the field of world climbing. After the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, the world's tallest K2 is a very difficult mountain to climb. No one has been able to climb in winter so far.

The success of Nepali climbers in climbing even in adverse conditions like minus 80 degree temperature and wind speed of 100 miles per hour in winter has received worldwide attention. Mountaineers around the world have even described K2 Himal as a killer mountain. A total of 367 successful ascents have been made in K2 Himal so far and 86 people have lost their lives in the attempt.

Pakistani President Arif Alvi invited the Nepali climbers to his residence and congratulated them.

Photo: S. Pradhan