K2: First Summit Photo

We now have the first winter K2 summit photo, which shows Sona Sherpa alone with the famous pyramidal shadow of the mountain stretching for miles into the distance behind him as the sun sets.

Chhang Dawa Sherpa said yesterday that eight of the successful summit team would stay at Camp 3, while Sona Sherpa and Galje Sherpa continue down to Base Camp. We now understand all 10 have stayed at Camp 3.

More to follow.

Ash Routen is a Writer for ExplorersWeb. He has been writing about Arctic travel, Mountaineering, Science, Camping, Hiking, Outdoor Gear for 5 years. As well as ExplorersWeb, he has written for Red Bull, Outside, The Guardian and many other outlets. Based in Leicester, UK, Routen is an avid hiker, camper, and arctic traveller who writes about the outdoors around a full time job as an academic.

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Dor
Dor
1 year ago

Sona Sherpa and Galje Sherpa are down to BC already as per their instagram. I wonder why the group split up.

Craig Quigley
1 year ago

Like him or hate him Nims and the team sure get shit done! Looking forward to hearing the full story from them with regards to the style of climb (02 etc). Either way a historical momonet for not just mountaineering, but also the country of Nepal. Safe journey to basecamp!

K2 Summit Photographer
K2 Summit Photographer
1 year ago

Is it me or does this photo look fake?

Don Paul
Don Paul
1 year ago

I don’t know about that, but at about the same time this pose was made, client Sergi Mingote lie dead at the bottom of the mountain.

Richie Ski
Richie Ski
1 year ago
Reply to  Don Paul

What happened to Sergi was a tragedy but are they not supposed to take summit pictures because of that tragedy? Any true climber would agree that this is what should have been done regardless. They know the risks.

Alex Hibbert
Alex Hibbert
1 year ago

It’s a GoPro lens distortion.

K2 Summit Photographer
K2 Summit Photographer
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Hibbert

Thanks, Alex. I take back my words.

Unfazed
Unfazed
1 year ago

Absolutely delighted to see it was Nepalese sherpas got there first. They will finally get the recognition they truley deserve as being extremely competent climbers

Peter Anger
1 year ago

Great photo congrats, k2 is the tuffest summit. Safe adventure ya’ll