He later summited the 8,516m Lhotse in 1988 to become the only alpinist in the world to have two winter summits on his belt. He was later superseded by Italian Simone Moro in 2011.
The Polish ace climber now returns to summit the difficult Broad Peak in the Karakorum-a mountain range which offers some of the greatest challenges in the world of mountaineering.
Polish Alpine Club has already picked a five to six-member team for this year’s Winter Broad Peak Expedition 2012/2013. The team is likely to reach Islamabad soon to address a press conference before leaving for Skardu.
The race to bag the remaining three 8000ers for the first winter ascent is already in full throttle as the Poles and Italians are vying to scale these summits. Wielicki probably knows the mountain better than anyone else for having summited the peak for the first ever record breaking attempt of any 8000er in one day.
The 62-year-old Wielicki recalls the moments of his thrilling success with a big grin.
Broad Peak, one of the 12th highest mountain in the world, has a total height of 8,051m ASL. The mountain was first summited by an Austrian team in June 1957.
Broad Peak is known to be one of the comparatively easier 8000ers in the world for it is overshadowed by the gigantic K-2 in the neighbourhood, partially protecting it from direct impact of wind at high altitude.
It has never been climbed in winter.