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Snowstorm hits Nanga Parbat, Simone & Tamara Travel towards Manaslu

Posted: Feb 16, 2015 09:37 am EST

(By Raheel Adnan) Strong winds and heavy snow have hit Nanga Parbat as all climbers are stuck in BC. Last week, Alex Txikon, Daniele Nardi and Ali Sadpara were successful in setting up C3 at 6700m. Iranian climbers spent a night in C2 (ca 6000m) and deposited further gear just below the camp. It appears that the teams are ready for a summit push once weather window arrives. Elsewhere, Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger have started the journey for Manaslu expedition.

C3 on Kinshofer Route

Alex Txikon Daniele Nardi and Pakistani fellows resumed the ascent from C2 (ca 6000m) on Wednesday (Feb 11th) morning. By 1530hrs, after 7 hours of climbing in freezing conditions, they were at 6500m. Approximately 500m of rope was fixed through mixed terrain at the beginning and hard ice afterwards.

At around 6500m, they still had a few hours of daylight. However, the climbers felt tired and decided to turn back. They spent a second night in C2.

On Thursday, Alex Txikon, Ali Sadpara and Daniele Nardi were successful in setting up C3 at 6700m. The three climbers spent one night there. Although, weather was predicted to remain stable for two more days, they decided to retreat to BC following day. 

“Accumulated fatigue after five days of uninterrupted activity at altitude and limited acclimatization (not in case of Italian who spent some time ascending and descending on the walls and glaciers of Nanga Parbat, but for Txikon and Sadpara) made the moderately strong winds up there today, prove too much,” Wrote Alex Txikon’s home team.


Iranian Team

Iranian climbers went down to BC on Feb 11th. However, since then they have carried out multiple rotations to C2. The camp is now fully equipped for further activity on the mountain.

Iranian home team reported yesterday, “they had two series of climbs up to this camp (C2) in previous days which first was spending a night on Friday and the second was today (Sunday). They started to climb early morning at 4 am and deposit 100 meters below camp 2, under the Kinshofer's wall.

They will face one week of bad weather condition and afterwards they will try to go as high as possible. They are back in BC now.”


Towards Manaslu

Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger have started the journey towards Manaslu. They arrived in Kathmandu yesterday and are busy in completing official routines and rearranging the gear. Their plan is to fly towards Base Camp via helicopter tomorrow. The team will be assisted by a cook and his subordinate at Base Camp.



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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Nanga Parbat Diamir Face
"We have not encountered in my life with such a tiresome obstacle," commented the Iranian Team about Kinshofer Wall.
Old ropes on Kinshofer wall.
Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger checking their gear for Manaslu Expedition. They have complicated the bureaucratic requirements for the expedition and have received the climbing permit.