Winter K2 Underway: John Snorri in Pakistan

K2 Winter 8000ers
John Snorri's emotional farewell at the airport. Photo: Instagram

On Sunday, John Snorri flew to Islamabad to begin his winter K2 expedition. The Icelander obtained his climbing permit in August, and porters carried his equipment to Base Camp weeks ago.

The team includes two high altitude porters, plus Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid. Ali Sadpara participated in the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat and has summited Nanga on four other occasions. He has also climbed GI, Broad Peak, K2, Lhotse, Makalu and Manaslu. Sajid Ali topped K2 last year.
Snorri has shared a six-minute video about his previous attempt on K2 last winter. The main question is, will they cooperate with the other teams or climb independently? There is also no info yet on whether they plan to use supplementary O2.

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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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SHANKAR MAZUMDER
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Best of luck John.