Nanga winter climb abandoned: K-2 and Nanga in the rugged North of Pakistan survive yet another winterRead Now
As the news pours in from the top of the ninth highest mountain in the world, the ambitious team has now abandoned its plan of conquering the Savage Mountain in wake of the deteriorating conditions and is now retreating to the Base Camp set up at Kinshofer Route on the Diamir Side.
The decision came in after the final summit push in the wee hours of Friday went berserk and Alex, Daniele and Ali missed the planned route of ascent and traversed over. Upon realization, it was decided best to halt any more attempts as the team members were exhausted beyond limits.
Alex tweeted, “At night, in the dark, we passed away the corridor that should had climbed. We made a too long traverse and from the point we reached it was not possible to go up".
It is now more than obvious from the last pictures received that the team missed the point where they had to make the final climb by a mere few feet arguably due to fatigue and exhaustion.
The team hadn’t had more than four hours of sleep in two days following gruesome climbing of more than ten hours a day to make it to Camp 4. The rightful decision of giving up came when the radio contact wore out and Muhammad Khan in the BC started to get impatient with no news of the team from 7950 meters.
“After spending the afternoon discussing, they've finally agreed that the most responsible decision is TO GIVE UP and come down to BC tomorrow”. Alex further added, “Communication by radio was very difficult, tomorrow we'll know more about the reasons.”
The team is gradually descending to the Base Camp from where they will pack their gear and bid adieu to the mighty giant which stays unbeaten for over 27 times and decades of attempts.
Nanga Parbat has once again defied the charms of modern technology, truck loads of human perseverance and mammoth determination.
K-2 and Nanga in the rugged North of Pakistan have survived yet another winter.