By: Ibranim Bhatti
K2 is the second highest peak in the world at 8611 meters in the Karakoram mountain range, which experts consider to be suicidal to climb in winter. Many expert climbers from all over the world have lost their lives in the winter adventures to climb this mountain, but when man’s spirits are higher than these skyscrapers, he can make the impossible possible. That’s why, for the first time in history, the campaign to head to K2 in the winter has finally succeeded. A team of 10 Nepalese climbers reached the summit of Kato on January 16 at 5 pm local time. The members of the Nepali team covered the last 10 meters together and climbed to the top together. The team was led by Nirmal Purja and Mengmaji. The climbers stayed on the summit for 10 minutes and then started their return journey. A team of 48 climbers arrived at Kato’s base camp on December 29, including five women, including Pakistani climbers Ali Sadpara and Sajid Sadpara, but only 10 Nepali climbers managed to reach the dangerous peak. These successful climbers include Nirmal Purja, Mangma David Sherpa, Mangma Tenzi Sherpa, Galjan Sherpa, Pam Cherry Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Mengma G (Head), Dawa Tangen Sherpa, Kello Pemba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa. After this successful adventure, especially in the mountainous areas of Pakistan, tourism will increase. The government of the day is already focused on politics. There is a need to make tourism in Pakistan more affordable and secure so that it can generate more foreign exchange locally and globally.