K2: Two Summiters Safely Back in Base Camp; Others Rest in C3

As eight members of the successful summit team recuperated in Camp 3 today from their 20+ hour push, Galje Sherpa and Sona Sherpa continued to Base Camp and reached it this afternoon. As darkness descends on the Karakorum, there will be no more activity today.

In the meantime, further information on this historic first winter ascent is emerging. Seven Summit Treks just posted this video featuring Sona Sherpa a few metres from the summit, waiting for the full group to gather in order to reach the top together.

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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Zack Mitchell
Zack Mitchell
1 year ago

Do we know why they decided to decend all the way to base camp rather than stop at camp 3?

APY
APY
1 year ago
Reply to  Ash Routen

Nims and the rest of the team are also now back at base camp!!

Jerry Kobalenko
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  APY

Thanks for the heads up. As we’ve explained elsewhere in Comments, it’s impossible for a website to compete with social media in speed, but we’re doing our best to update as swiftly as we can.

With_or_Without_02
With_or_Without_02
1 year ago
Reply to  Ash Routen

Gelje’s eye looked swollen. Maybe they descended separately to treat it.

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
1 year ago

And if that was the case, it would make sense for him not to go down alone. I hope he’s okay.

With_or_Without_02
With_or_Without_02
1 year ago
Reply to  Lenore Jones

He was accompanied by Sona Sherpa.

Alpic
Alpic
1 year ago