Nanga Parbat Summit Push Updates / No Summit!

Nanga Parbat Summit Push Updates / No Summit!

Posted: Mar 13, 2015 05:39 am EDT

(By Raheel Adnan) Nanga Parbat climbers, Alex Txikon, Ali Sadpara and Daniele Nardi are now on the way to summit. They're expected to reach the top shortly (if haven't made it there, already). An image taken from Base Camp using telescope shows the climbers at the middle of summit ramp; BC team thinks, they are around 8000m. Weather conditions are beautiful. There is no wind, not even a hint of clouds and the temperature must be better now as sun rose.


At 3am local time, Alex Txikon's BC team tweeted, "Leaving in half an hour, without rope at first. No more than 30º steep and snow helds very good. Incredibly cold."


Another message along with images (on left) arrived at 08am local time, "7:45; 8000m! Spectacular day."


Communication from BC at 11:30AM: Climbers are back in C4 ... without reaching the summit! They were too close but a wrong turn in dark led them to a dead end. Alex Txikon told Base Camp team, moments ago, "at night, in the dark, we passed away the corridor that should had climbed. We made a too long traverse and from the point we reached it was not possible to go up". 


Climbers are in C4 and will make another summit push tomorrow. Conditions are expected to remain favourable.



Based in Pakistan, mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for Explorersweb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at Altitude Pakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.



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Spectacular day, wrote Alex Txikon's team from BC. The photo (apparently captured using telescope) shows clear sky without any hint of clouds at Sunrise. Almost a perfect day for summit push!
[Image taken at 07:45 am local time] Red circle shows position of climbers on the way to summit. Base Camp thinks they're at 8000m. They're certainly above 7700m.