Update: K2 and Gasherbrum II Summit Pushes

Climbers are currently heading for the summit of Gasherbrum II. Sergi Mingote reported yesterday from C3 that everyone was planning to set off that night, willing to skip Camp 4 in order to reach the top today. Mingote mentioned Don Bowie, Nirmal Purba and his Sherpas and Americans Matthew Randall and Matt Gorbett, who also intend to ski all the way down. Others include Marco Confortola and Ali Durani, Romanian Alex Gavan, two unnamed Polish climbers and, of course, Denis Urubko and Maria Cardell, who are acclimatizing on Gasherbrum II’s normal route before attempting a new route up the same peak. Stay tuned for further updates.

Gasherbrum II’s normal route. Photo illustration: Marco Confortola

Meanwhile on K2, a small avalanche at the Bottleneck caught five Sherpas who were fixing ropes. They slid down about 50m but were otherwise unharmed. They returned safely to Camp 4 for the night, but part of their supplementary O2 equipment was lost in the slide. “Tomorrow [today] the fixing team will [continue their work], and all climbers will follow to the summit on July 18,” Seven Summits Treks head Dawa Sherpa reported. 

This delay might have two negative consequences: One, climbers already in higher camps (especially Camp 4) will have to wait one whole day at altitude, using more O2 than expected. Two, the plan to lessen crowds by spreading teams out over three days might revert to the original two days. Both Adventure Peaks and Imagine Nepal are condensing their schedules as a result of the delay.

Mike Horn celebrated his birthday yesterday in Camp 3, after climbing part of the day under light snow. They expected -25ºC during the night and a 24-hour summit push ahead, though incorporating a little rest at Camp 4. It is unclear whether the delay in rope-fixing will affect his and Fred Roux’s plans.

K2 routes and main features on the Abruzzi Spur route, by Pakistan’s Tourism Board.


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Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides 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 national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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2 years ago

I hope everyone up there comes down safely.

Mikael Laestander
Mikael Laestander
2 years ago

Sending energy and compassion to all
Stay safe and have fun
All thoughts to you all