Mingma G Aborts Winter K2

K2 Karakorum
John Snorri's tent, adorned with Iceland's flag, at K2 Base Camp. Photo: John Snorri

It’s over for Mingma G’s team on their winter attempt on K2.

Outfitter Apricot tours confirm that all members are going home. Moreover, they report that five members of the expedition were airlifted by two helicopters “on a rescue mission” and are now safely back to Skardu. No names were provided, but two Nepalis, Shirbaz Khan of Pakistan and the liaison officer were reportedly leaving Base Camp on foot.

An Instagram post by John Snorri blames unrealistic expectations and team disagreements about the challenge ahead.

The lesson to learn: Winter K2 tests all members of a team. Familiarity with each other and agreed-upon expectations are vital. Photo: John Snorri

“Summiting K2 in winter is a formidable task that necessitates all team members being fully prepared, both mentally and physically…Mingma G of Nepal and Ga Li of China have both expressed that they don’t feel fully prepared…[for] personal reasons,” Snorri (rather bitterly) stated.

File image used by Apricot Tours to report on the alleged “rescue operation” on K2.

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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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Pablo C
Pablo C
1 year ago

This expedition has been really disappointing. Thanks for the breaking news Angela.

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Craig Quigley
Craig Quigley
1 year ago
Reply to  Pablo C

Sad to see it end this way, but I did predict so in the comments on a earlier story.

Think the seriously scale of k2 in winter was underestimated by at least some of the team, if not all.

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Pablo C
Pablo C
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig Quigley

Totally agree Craig.

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Faraz
Faraz
1 year ago
Reply to  Pablo C

Seriously , you were going for something which never happens till date but talking about approach , that was very unprofessional no homework and plans

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Faraz
Faraz
1 year ago

Some of team members never sumitted K2 and they were on the winter expedition this shows they didnt do homework.

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Vladi
Vladi
1 year ago
Reply to  Faraz

Exactly. Their comments when they got to base camp that its “extremely cold and lots of snow” made me wonder if they are on their first winter expedition.

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Faraz
Faraz
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladi

Have a look at the last year’s Alex’s winter expedition he came with full preparation had alrernative plans but he unfortunately didnt succeed. I was least interested in Minigma’s team expedition

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OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
1 year ago

Don’t you wish that Denis would Finally just knock this puppy off once and for all…..or is it just me?

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Craig Quigley
Craig Quigley
1 year ago
Reply to  OldHikerDude

They’re off back down to BC tomorrow as Don Bowie is sick. Maybe they (or just Denis) will try for the summit another time.

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OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig Quigley

I think Denis is going up again. He doesn’t give up easily, and going solo he can move fast. I’m sure his main priority now is getting Don back down safely, then we will see.

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Trango Adventure
1 year ago

Looks like The Mighty K2 is going to be unclimbed in the winter for another year. We had a hope with Mingma G, Perhaps he could do it. It is easy to say it but difficult to do it. Get fully prepared and try again with a full experience and motivated team. Maybe take some of the Balti Sherpas And more experience Climber like Ali Sadpara with you. Locals will have more knowledge and experience of the area. Some of the Nepali Sherpas were saying that Skardu is more colder then Nepal which is a fact that Skardu and the… Read more »