Breaking: Nirmal Purja to Attempt Winter K2

Nirmal Purja is heading shortly for winter K2. In his usual grand style, he describes the climb as “one of the last remaining grand prizes in mountaineering, a feat regarded […] as impossible.”

He then enigmatically declares that his team is the one best placed to achieve it, but does not say whether he is leading a separate expedition or will join the big Seven Summit Treks team in some capacity. His announcement also says nothing about the route or whether he will use supplementary O2.

Purja astonished the world in 2019 after serial climbing all 8,000’ers in just six months and six days in his first year of professional climbing.  He has played with the idea of winter K2, but he has recently focused on promoting a book and only confirmed his winter plans today.

The news is no surprise to the other teams, who apparently knew of it.

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1 year ago

With so many strong climbers / teams this year on winter K2, i hope they will finally succeed. The biggest concern is overcrowding the mountain which is almost unthinkable for winter K2. Hope they can all work together. Good luck to all

Damien François
Damien François
1 year ago

Best of luck, Nims. If someone can make it, it’s you. Sad I just missed you in KTM. I met your partner Geljen early in November in Lobuche, what a great guy!
I just finished reading your book and am even more in awe than I was before. Timro ama found the right words: “My son is unstoppable”. Just be careful and safe. Tashi delek!