The Pakistan climbing season has already kicked off as the "Killer Mountain" swings back in action with no fewer than two climbing teams working on two different faces.
Being world's ninth highest and second deadliest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat soars to an unfathomable height of 8,125m above sea level and marks the culmination of the Western off-shoot of the Himalayas.
The Russian/American team headed by the world renowned Romanian Zsolt Torok (K2 attempt in 2010) is climbing Diamir face with Americans Kathy Koslicki and Bob Semborski.
Edging up the old route followed by numerous mountaineers before, Zsolt is not finding it any easier to tackle the formidable Diamir Face of the 8000er. They were rattled by a huge glacier on Thursday that blanketed the Base Camp and the Camp-1 at almost 6000m.
Zsolt has called in for help from the local porters for rebuilding the Base Camp from scratch.
For the moment, the Romanian hard climber has managed a few acclimitisation trips over the mountain and had to bivouac in a survival blanket at 4 am in the morning.
Click here to Zsolt informed the Base Camp that he was stuck in deep snow and was hit hard by ceaseless snow storm and had to spend the night in order to save himself.
He has managed to reach 5900m so far and the mainstream expedition is yet to kick
off. The team is currently waiting for resumption of activities at the Base Camp which is again under construction.
Zsolt is considered as one of the experienced climbers who know the Karakorums better than most of the Russian climbers who visit Pakistan to scale the giant peaks.
Approaching Nanga Parbat Base Camp Layout of the mountain The core of Nanga Parbat is a long ridge trending southwest-northeast. The ridge is an enormous bulk of ice and rock. It has three faces, Diamir face, Raikot and Rupal.
The southwestern portion of this main ridge is known as the Mazeno Wall, and has a number of subsidiary peaks. In the other direction, the main ridge arcs northeast at Raikot Peak . The south/southeast side of the mountain is dominated by the massive Rupal Face, noted above.
The north/northwest side of the mountain, leading to the Indus, is more complex. It is split into the Diamir face and the Raikot face by a long ridge. There are a number of subsidiary summits, including North Peak some 3 km north of the main summit.