Nanga Parbat: Kashif and Fazal Ali Reach Camp 3

Shehroze Kashif and Fazal Ali are descending under their own steam. According to the latest reports, they have reached Camp 3 on Nanga Parbat. A small team (at least one Sherpa and a Pakistani climber) are on their way up with food and drinks.

Kashif and Fazal, climbing independently, summited Nanga Parbat yesterday morning. They were caught in bad weather on descent and spent a night somewhere around 7,300m. They lost contact with Base Camp at some point in the day, so their wehereabouts were unclear. They have resumed their descent today, as the weather improved.

Shehroze Kashif and Fazal Ali. Photo: Shehroze Kashif

 

Climbers in Base Camp confirmed to ExplorersWeb that it was rainy yesterday (and possibly snowy higher up) but conditions seem to be improving today.

A new summit push

Tunc Findic. Photo: Tunc Findic

 

Down in Base Camp, the remaining climbers were mostly unaware of the situation. “There was some alarm yesterday, but I can’t tell exactly how things are today,” Tunc Findic told ExplorersWeb.

Findic is hoping to finish his no-O2 14×8000’er quest on Nanga Parbat and is preparing for his summit push. “We are starting for camps 1 and 2 today, and tomorrow will be our final summit attempt,” Findic said. He is joining forces with other no-O2 climbers and aiming for July 9 or July 10 to summit.

There are more teams, all using supplementary O2, who may also join the upcoming push as the weather is expected to be good for the next few days. This is good news for Kashif and Fazal, since they will have the weather on their side and more people on the mountain.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides is a college-graduated journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive,and a published author.