The International team also called as the ABC team, led by Gerfried Goschl left the Base Camp early in the morning on Sunday, 26th and have reached Camp-1, 6200m. The six member team comprising of Goschl, Alex Txikon, Darek Zaluski, Nisar Hussain, Cedric Hahlen, and Carlos Suarez are trudging along the South Face of the Gasherbrum-1, for the first winter ascent of the 8000er.
The team is aiming for a new route on the second highest 8000er in Pakistan and are hoping to climb down from the normal route, thus pulling in the unprecedented first winter ascent and traverse of an 8000er in the history of Mountaineering.
Alex said via Transmitted message from Base Camp, “Today began the good (and hard) in the winter issue of Gasherbrum: output to top.They got up early and often, all have been heading up to Camp 1. The day has gone perfectly and smoothly, and so at noon were already in the field 1 (6.200m). Tomorrow the plot thickens considerably. Up to 6,800 meters the route is also equipped, but from there will have to open the way for nearly a hundred feet high technical demands to the end of the wall”.
The team is expecting some high winds on 27th but are hoping for a fortunate weather window on 27th to pitch for the final push for the summit.
Goschl has also indicated giving further elevation to Camp-3 and the team is likely to move it from 7000m to 7200m to facilitate the final push on the night of 27th.