A Remarkable K2 Season Wraps Up

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Adrian Ballinger (left) and Namgye ham it up in the great weather on the summit of K2. Photo: Adrian Ballinger

All K2 climbers have now safely returned to Base Camp. Now — and not before — we can consider the climb done. We can now fill in some details missed in the rush of breaking news, especially about those climbers who completed a no-O2 ascent.

Hungarians David Klein (left) and Suhajda Szilárd, back in Base Camp, pose with the flowery garland given to K2 summiters. Photo: Facebook

Szilard Suhajda and David Klein from Hungary, climbing independently without supplementary O2 or high altitude porters, patiently waited when the first summit push was aborted and launched their new bid on July 24. While stomach problems forced Klein down before Camp 4, Suhajda pushed on and reached the summit on July 25.

Carla Perez approaches the summit of K2. Photo: Adrian Ballinger

Equally elated are Carla Perez and guide Adrian Ballinger. She became the first South American woman to summit both Everest and K2 without bottled O2. As for Ballinger, he was still amazed at the weather. “In 17 8,000m summits, I have never had a day like this, I probably never will again, and I’m ok with that,” he said.

K2 summiters celebrate in Base Camp. Photo: Seven Summit Treks

Additionally, four of the 19 Seven Summit Treks summiters reached the top with no oxygen support: Moesses Fiamoncini of Brazil, David Roeske of the U.S., Johan Wenzel of Austria and Anja Karena Blacha of Germany. Ngima Dorchi and Lakpa Temba of STT also bagged their third K2 summit.

With oxygen, but staunchly heading the lead group, Nirmal Purja has become the man of the season in the Karakorum. While details on his latest blitz ascent of Broad Peak are still to come, he has chain-climbed a mind-blowing 11 8000’ers in three months, including all those in Pakistan.

He is now facing something unusual, for him: a break. He will likely wait until the monsoon withdraws to nail the last three peaks on his list: Manaslu (in Nepal), Shishapangma (in Tibet) and Cho Oyu (which straddles the Nepal-Tibet border, but is usually climbed from its Tibetan side).

Nirmal Purja, fourth from the left, at K2’s Base Camp. Photo: SST

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Nims is right in the middle on the picture, not where else..


Honestly Angela, you usually write really great articles except when it comes to Nirmal Purja. For the first few times, you never even spelt his name properly; always typing “Purba” instead of “Purja”. Eventually you got the name right but now you don’t even know which one he is in the picture! This is very unprofessional. I can feel your bias just from reading every single article you write where he is mentioned. Please put a little more effort, you’re supposed to be a journalist and an author, and this is supposed to be a news source.

Max Madera
Indeed, in the far right I think is Gesman Tamang (the spelling may vary as with many Sherpa names), who summitted K2, together with Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, who is in the far left (the two with the crown of flowers) and Nims from Project Possible, plus two other Sherpas from SST, Changba Sherpa and Lakpa Temba Sherpa. From left to right you can identify Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Mingma David Sherpa (who after Broad Peak has now summitted 13 8000s and should finisth the 14 with Nims), the ice doctor Galjen Sherpa (sometimes spelled Gyalje, etc), Nims, Chhang Dawa Sherpa (usually… Read more »
Jerry Kobalenko
Hi guys, ExWeb editor here. We at ExWeb love story comments, because they show us that our readers are engaged. They have also taught us how knowledgeable so many of you are. You may have noticed that when someone points out an error in one of our stories, we verify and make the correction as soon as possible. This is especially helpful with breaking news pieces, where writers are often operating at speed and with just snatches of information to go by. The idea is to get the news to you as quickly as possible, and we do our best… Read more »
Dr. Night

Well explained. We appreciate what you guys do and within the rapid timing of everything, errors are going to be made from time to time. The openness and acknowledgement of these errors with prompt corrections is all we can ask for. Keep doing what you do and don’t worry about one complaint from someone that couldn’t do the job any better than you guys. The good far outweigh the bad; readers and writers alike. We greatly appreciate you guys bringing us the mountain news from around the globe. Thanks from a long time reader!