K2 stands as the ultimate challenge for the mountaineers around the world as the only 8000er which has never been scaled in winters. The giant granite spire has received four strong expeditions to-date but none of them have been successful. The highest altitude achieved was 7900m via the Abruzzi spur by the Russians in 2012-13.
Also in the neighborhood will be the strong multinational expedition comprising of climbers from Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The expedition will be led by the 14x8000er summiteer Kazakh Vassily Pivtsov and the expedition will be organized by Russian strong climber Artem Brown. The expedition is still looking for sponsors to cover the mammoth expense of the expedition but they have already been granted the permit by the Pakistani authorities.
Reliving the legend of Tomek Mackiewicz, Daniel Nardi will be attempting Nanga Parbat in the high Himalayas of Pakistan for the fifth time, although these are not his consecutive attempts. Pitching for his favorite and the still unclimbed Mummery route, Nardi will be joined by Englishman Tom Ballard who will be opening up his account for the first 8000er of his career. Ballard and Nardi attempted Link Sar in the recent summers and were able to reach camp-3 before abandoning the expeditions in wake of deteriorating weather. Nardi is also the only one who has been successful in negotiating the Mummery Rib reaching as high as 6500m but later had to descend. His last venture on Nanga was back in 2016 when he was partnering with Alex Txikon but he left the expedition due to disagreement with the partners.