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A view of the camp as shared by Seven Summit Treks. — Photo courtesy Twitter/Seven Summit TreksNepali climbers who made historical past once they grew to become the primary to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter a day earlier, have arrived safely again at base camp, officers mentioned on Sunday.The 10 climbers reached the highest of the world’s second-highest mountain on Saturday, the final peak above 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) to be conquered in wintertime.”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, instructed AFP.One of the profitable climbers, Nirmal Purja, who’s also referred to 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, mentioned extra climbers are nonetheless hoping to reach the highest.Unlike Mount Everest, which has been topped by 1000’s of climbers younger and outdated, K2 is a a lot lonelier place. But this winter, dozens of adventurers converged on the mountain hoping to take the report.K2 is named the “Savage Mountain” due to its punishing situations: 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 will be simply as harmful as going up.Saturday’s profitable summit was overshadowed by the demise of a Spanish climber from one other workforce, 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 Club of Pakistan’s Karrar Haidri instructed AFP.Mingote was at an intermediate camp and fell on his method right down to the bottom camp, injuring his leg, in accordance with his workforce.Purja mentioned his workforce have been “deeply saddened to hear that we have lost a friend” and added, “Rest in peace my brother!”The 10 Nepali climbers had been unfold throughout totally different expeditions in the beginning, however fashioned a brand new group as a way to declare the summit in Nepal’s identify, singing the nationwide anthem as they reached the highest.Despite 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 greater than 8,000 metres.Pakistan felicitates teamEarlier, the federal government felicitated the workforce 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 Foreign Office 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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