K2: Climbers Past the Bottleneck

The route to the summit of K2. Photo: Alpine Adventure Guides

The “Nepali Force” team are progressing swiftly toward the summit of K2. At around 9:30 am local time, the all-Nepali team checked in from the Bottleneck (8,200m). Ninety minutes later, Mingma G posted: “Bottleneck crossed.”

The summit team then has to traverse left under the Great Serac, fixing the rope on hard ice as they go. After the serac, the route is a straightforward but energy-sapping climb up steep snowy ramps to the summit pyramid.

Meanwhile, in Base Camp, Jangbu Sherpa of Seven Summit Trek’s is expected to be evacuated today. He was hit by a falling rock above Camp 1 yesterday and sustained serious injuries to an eye and to his forehead. Jangbu is the fourth person to be evacuated since the expedition started.

Jangbu Sherpa after receiving first aid treatment in Base Camp. Photo: Seven Summit Treks

The current clear weather will help both the summit climbers and the helicopter taking Jangbu to hospital in Skardu.

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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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John
John
8 months ago

I hope they summit before 3 PM or max by 3 PM local time. If the summit goes past 3 PM, things are going to get difficult on descent.

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F v
F v
8 months ago
Reply to  John

It’s now 3pm, Dawa posted: climers wait 10 meters from the top and will summit together as one group. He posted a picture from a screen of a binocular

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Paul
Paul
8 months ago
Reply to  F v

And they are still a bit from the summit, they could be there by 4pm local… sunset at 5pm… very late :/

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F v
F v
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Pfff 4:15 PM clock is ticking, picture was indeed indeed, visible from the rocks, at the beginning of the last snow slope. I am starting getting worried, i know they are the very best and they can do it, but summit is still only halfway. Tonight already wind starts increasing. Tomorrow will be bad at heights.

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Meri
Meri
8 months ago

God bless them, best wishes

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Katharina
Katharina
8 months ago
Reply to  Meri

Alles Gute, Gottes Segen und eine gute und sichere Rückkehr

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Najam Qureshi
8 months ago

I guess they have summited the K2 by now. Best wishes & prayers for a safe journey back! 💛🌻

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Paul
Paul
8 months ago
Reply to  Najam Qureshi

why do you guess that?

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Najam Qureshi
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

An update from one of the sherpa said 10 meters from the summit like an hour ago. And it’s more of a hope to wish them back safety!

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Naveed
Naveed
8 months ago
Reply to  Najam Qureshi

They did it
The last one standing has been summited
I just saw it in pakistani news channel

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Makhdoom
Makhdoom
6 months ago

Still wondering!

What might have happened with Ali Sud para on K2?

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Can Naci Duman
Can Naci Duman
6 months ago
Reply to  Makhdoom

He was a good climber. He died. His son fled the scene like a chicken and now trying to make some money on his dead father. Disgusting fellow.

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