Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

News

Alan Arnette: Winter K2 Update | Summit Push in a Few Hours!

The historic first winter summit of K2 may happen on Saturday, January 16, 2021, by an all Nepali team.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All Access
Fall Sale
$1.52 / week*

  • A $500 value with 25+ benefits including:
  • Access to all member-only content on all 17 publications in the Outside network like Rock and Ice, Climbing, Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner and more
  • Annual subscription to Climbing magazine.
  • Annual gear guides for climbing, camping, skiing, cycling, and more
  • Gaia GPS Premium with hundreds of maps and global trail recommendations, a $39.99 value
  • Today’s Plan training platform with customized training plans
  • Premium access to Outside TV and 1,000+ hours of exclusive shows
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

The historic first winter summit of K2 may happen on Saturday, January 16, 2021, by an all Nepali team. K2 is the last of the 14 8,000-meter peaks that has not been summited in winter.

The team’s plan is to leave high camp around 1:00 am on Saturday morning and summit about 12 hours later. Of course a lot depends on snow and wind conditions. It will be cold, with wind chills hovering around -55 degrees Celsicus (-67 degrees Fahrenheit). They will be installing fixed ropes as they climb, so that later teams will be able to move faster. At least one member of the team, Migma G, is climbing without supplemental oxygen. He could be the first to summit K2 in the winter with no Os.

[Read the Previous K2 Winter Update: Camp 2 Destroyed. Expeditions in Jeopardy]

With the fixed ropes set to 7,800 meters, the team will leave Camp 4 (near 7,600 meters) for the summit. The team of ten includes:

Nims’ Team

Nirmal Purja Pun Magar aka Nimsdai

Gelje Sherpa

Mingma David Sherpa

Mingma Tenzi Sherpa

Dawa Temba Sherpa

Pem Chhiri Sherpa

Mingma G’s Team

Mingma G

— Kilu Pemba Sherpa

— Dawa Tenjing Sherpa

SST Sherpa

— Sona Sherpa

Nims will lead the summit team and has suggested there will be no one person claiming the summit but rather a team summit on behalf of Nepal. This has been Mingma G.’s plan all along with his Sherpa-only team.

Nims’ summit team is also made up of only Sherpa. One Sherpa from Seven Summits Treks is also on the summit push.

Both gentlemen, Mingma and Nims, have expressed a deep desire to show the world that Nepalis are just as credible climbers as any other nationality on the planet.


Alan Arnette is a speaker, mountaineer and Alzheimer’s Advocate. He has completed over 30 major expeditions including four Everest climbs, with a summit in 2011, and a summit of K2 in 2014. He completed his 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s project to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. Find out more at www.alanarnette.com.


Also Read

K2 in Winter: Can It Ever Be Done?

Also Watch

VIDEO: K2 And The Invisible Footmen