Four fearless Korean women became the proud summiteers of the mighty Trango Tower in the Baltoro Muztagh region of the Karakorum when they laid their feet on top of the 6,286 m high vertical Granite structure on 12th August.
Following the German Route on what is also one of the greatest near vertical drops on the face of the earth, the four women climbed their way up slowly but surely, bracing the raging wind speeds and plummeting temperatures.
The four summiteers included Mi Sun Chae, Mi Sun Han and Jin Ah Lee led by Jum Sook Kim, all accomplished climbers and have the honour of climbing several difficult mountains all over the globe.
Speaking to the reporters Sook Kim said, “We used the German route, the most challenging, to reach the summit”.
The team, accompanied by the Pakistani tour operator and high altitude porters, began their climb in the mid of July but had to stay back in the Base Camp due to inclement weather. They made a few futile attempts to scale the tower but each time they had to return. Early morning on August 12, they made the final and successful summit push and returned to the safety of their high camps later in the day.
Hailing from the Republic of South Korea, all four climbers are close friends each having a climbing experience of a whooping 20 years. Ms Han is a freelancer and a climbing instructor and has climbed challenging rocks all over the world including the famous El-Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Central Peak of the Patagonia and Mont Blanc in the Alps.
38-year-old Ms Lee, the youngest in the expedition, is also a nurse by profession and the expedition also made an extra effort to distribute school books among the local school children and spent a day with the teachers and the staff of the school.
“We are planning to send some clothes, shoes and other relief items to Pakistani poor people once a year. We hope that our project continue for a long time,” Ms Kim said.
The Trango Towers group has seen some of the most difficult and significant climbs ever accomplished, due to the combination of altitude, total height of the routes, and the steepness of the rock. All of the routes are highly technical climbs.
Great Trango was first climbed in 1977 by Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, Kim Schmitz, Jim Morrissey and Dennis Hennek by a route which started from the west side (Trango Glacier).