K2: Summiters Safe in Camp 3

All 10 climbers who summited earlier today have now passed Camp 4 and made it all the way to Camp 3.  All are fine and in good health.

According to Seven Summit Treks leader Dawa Sherpa, eight people will stay in C3 for the night, while Sona Sherpa (from SST) and Gelje Sherpa (from Nirmal Purja’s team) will continue through the night, all the way back to Base Camp.

The all-Nepali team reached the summit of K2 for the first time in winter at 5 pm local time. They then made their way back to Camp 3 in dusk and darkness, down the summit slopes, traversing back under the Great Serac, and downclimbing the Bottleneck before reaching C4 and then on to C3.

Weather permitting, they should all reach Base Camp tomorrow. Sadly, their well-deserved celebration will surely be dampened by news of Sergi Mingote’s fatal accident.