Out of the 14 eight-thousanders in the world, there are only four peaks left which have not been climbed in the winters as yet, all four of them standing tall in the Pakistani territory including the second highest K-2, Gahserbrum-1, Broad Peak and the ninth highest and one of the deadliest, the Nanga Parbat.
Expedition teams from all over the world are shaping in order to conquer the mighty peaks which have denied summit to some of the renowned climbers in the world. Gasherbrum-2 was the first 8000er successfully summited last year by Italian Simone Moro along with his expedition members Cory Richards and Denis Urubko, marking the first successful winter ascent of any 8000er in the Karakorums.
The Expedition declared their intent via email, “to summit the world’s ninth tallest peak Nanga Parbat (8125m) this winter. Furthermore, we intend to accomplish this by fair means, eschewing the use of bottled oxygen, high altitude Sherpas and other such support.”
Moro along with Urubko returned to tame the mighty Nanga Parbat last year but also had to suffer a painful retreat after waiting endlessly for the weather to improve.
The weather-window they hoped for never came along.