Mingma G: No O2 on Winter K2

Mingma G poses with an air-warming (not O2 system) mask. Photo: Imagine Nepal

Mingma G’s international team arrived in Pakistan yesterday on their way to winter K2. The question was, would they use supplemental oxygen for their attempt or not?

Nepali members of the Winter K2 expedition, ready to leave Kathmandu. Photo: Imagine Nepal

The previous 8,000m experiences of the group led one to speculate that this expedition too will use gas, but Mingma Gyalje Sherpa has confirmed the opposite. “Let’s do it without,” he stated on Facebook. He further confirmed it in an interview with Stefan Nestler of Adventure Mountain.

Mingma G would especially like to see this last unclimbed winter 8,000’er done by a Nepali. “I feel ashamed that Nepal hosts eight 8,000m peaks, and none of them was first climbed in winter by a local,” he said.

Denis Urubko. Photo: Denis Urubko

Meanwhile, on Broad Peak, Denis Urubko is back in Base Camp after spending the night in Camp 1. Strong winds and bad weather should now force the climbers to stay put for about three days.

In equally bad weather on Gasherbrum 2, Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger are exploring the route through the broken Gasherbrum Glacier. “There’s so much snow, we need to use snowshoes and carefully check every step we take,” Moro said.

Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger scouting a possible route through the Gasherbrum Glacier. Photo: Simone Moro

Related stories:

Winter 8,000’ers: Teams on the Move

Winter K2: It’s a Go for Mingma’s Team


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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Craig Quigley
Craig Quigley
2 years ago

Good, I’d hate to see the achievement of nailing the Holy grail of winter 8000s, diminished due to the use of o2. Good luck

Douglas Avers
Douglas Avers
2 years ago

Good luck mingma G hope you complete your mission everyone in Michigan USA are pulling for your team it would be great for Nepalese climbers to be first to summit k2 in winter!! Push on my friend

1 year ago

Mingma G, wishing you all the best for The winter Expedition. all our prays and thought will be with you and your team.