Breaking: Georgians Summit Saraghrar NW

Alpine style Himalaya
Expedition leader Archil Badriashvili. Photo: Husseil Ahmed
The Georgian team led by Archil Badriashvili has made it! Today at 3:30 pm local time, Badriashvili, Baqar Gelashvili, and Giorgi Tepnadze summited the previously unclimbed face of 7,349m Saraghrar NW in the Hindu Kush.
The three are currently descending and will not reach Base Camp until tomorrow. Their plan, according to outfitter Terichmir Travels, is to overnight at around 7,000m.

Although the Georgian climbers have not enjoyed a lot of press, they have an impressive background of highly technical new routes and first ascents.

The rocky face they climbed was attempted unsuccessfully at least three times by Spanish expeditions. It’s still unknown whether they went in a single push, in alpine style or with previously fixed sections. But there is no easy way up that face. They also carried out their expedition in an isolated part of Pakistan’s Chitral. Overall, this could be one of the most interesting climbs this year.

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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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Apy
5 days ago

Kudos to the unsung Georgian heroes 🤗 . Let’s hope they soon give us more details of their climb. While the media attention lies mainly with the sponsored “expeditions” in Nepal and their skiing stunts, climbers write history in Pakistan unnoticed, such as today’s summit of Rakaposhi by Pakistani mountaineer Wajidullah Nagri and two Czech companions, which, though its progress was on Pakistani social media for at least 10 days, got no attention till today.

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