K2: Big Teams Spend Christmas Trekking Toward Base Camp

The action doesn’t stop for Christmas in the Karakorum. The large team of Western climbers with Seven Summits Treks reached Paiju today. At this rate, they’ll reach Base Camp on December 30. Nirmal Purja’s group is one day ahead, in Urdukas.

The SST group camped yesterday in the Jhola area, six days away from BC.


Meanwhile, on K2 itself, Mingma G’s Sherpa team managed to reach Camp 2 before returning to BC. John Snorri is also celebrating a very cold Christmas day in Base Camp.

Forecasts show a weather window opening soon, an excellent chance for frontline teams to fix up to the Black Pyramid at 7,100m, and the ones behind to start acclimatizing.