Simone Moro and Denis Urubko abandon the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, on their way to Islamabad


Simone Moro and Denis Urubko, who decided to carry on with the gigantic task of taming Nanga Parbat in the dead of winters, even after the sturdy Poles have left the brutally tough mountain, have now abandoned the mission in wake of the extended winters in the Himalayas and the adjacent Karakorums.

Simone, Denis and Cory Richards (not Part of Nanga Parbat winter 2012) were the first team of mountaineers who were successfully able to summit the first Pakistani winter 8000er, Gasherbrum-2 last year, out rightly rejecting the earlier held view that none of the five 8000ers in the deadly Karakorum’s will ever be captured in winters.


G-2- (8,035m) considered one of the comparatively easier 8000ers in the world, is the only 8000er in Pakistan which has been taken down in winters.

For the moment, however, Simone and Urubko decided to walk away from the “Killer Mountain” as Karl Gable has reported an extended winters in the region. 


“Everything is being packed.” said Simone on his blog. “We are here with our three Pakistanis, Saeed Jan, and Fakir Nur.With us there are already three carriers and 15 more are arriving tomorrow. We will take everything away from here and our tracks will disappear in a few hours”.


He further added, “We return home with no top but with the knowledge that mountaineering told for what it is, without exaggeration and without emphasis, without a struggle and heroism anachronistic, may still be of interest to an audience not only to specialists.  Mountaineering is not just for the elite, or for a small club. It may be a subject matter and also normal people, also sensitive to vertigo. ….  But we must inform, tell, and this is the responsibility and guilt, that we  took….”.

Nanga Parbat, the second highest 8000er in Pakistan and ninth highest in the world, has of one of the deadliest climbing history. Better known as the “Killer Mountain”, Nanga Parbat claimed some 32 lives before its first successful attempt was made by Austrian Herman Buhl in 1953.

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