Winter Gasherbrum I: Urubko on the Road to Hospital

Denis Urubko is finally on the road to Skardu where he will receive treatment for the frostbite he sustained during his attempt on Gasherbrum I.

Urubko reached the Jhola camp at around 5:30 pm today, Pakistan time. He immediately boarded a 4×4 vehicle that was waiting to drive him directly to the military hospital in Skardu.

Despite his injuries, Urubko has kept a remarkable pace on his trek back from Base Camp. Helicopters were reportedly ready to perform an aerial pickup but weather conditions kept them grounded. This left Urubko with no choice but to trek back to a road under his own power.

Urubko’s home team confirmed that the expedition cook accompanied him on the trek to Jhola. The pair covered 80km and 2,200m of descent, on glacier and rock, in just two days.

Angela Benavides

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