Winter K2: Tseng’s Team Confirmed

Nima Gyalzen (left) and Grace Tseng on Lhotse, spring 2021. Photo: Dolma Outdoor

We now have confirmation that Taiwan’s Grace Tseng will be her group’s only client on K2 this winter. Nima Gyalzen will lead the strong Sherpa team.

Dolma Outdoor, the Nepal-based company that is outfitting Tseng, shared some details with ExplorersWeb.

In addition to Nima Gyalzen, the team includes Chhiring Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, Furi Sherpa, Ngima Tendi, Ningma Dorje Tamang, and Tashi Sherpa.

All the expedition’s supplies and gear are already at K2 Base Camp. The Sherpa climbers are awaiting their visas before flying to Pakistan.

Nima Gyalzen (centre), Grace Tseng (right), and Dakipa Sherpa on the summit of Dhaulagiri, October 1. Photo: Dolma Outdoor

Team leader Nima Gyalzen summited Everest for the first time in 2005. He has also reached the top of Lhotse, Manaslu, Annapurna I, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, and several other peaks, often several times. Dolma Outdoor is a relatively new outfitter, established in 2018 and specializing in Chinese clients.

Grace Tseng summited Manaslu in 2019. This year, she successfully climbed Everest and Lhotse in spring and Dhaulagiri and Kangchenjunga in fall. In fact, she and her team, which included Gelje Sherpa, made the first successful autumn ascent of Kangchenjunga since 2004. As with the upcoming Winter K2 project, she was the only client on that climb. Tseng is also the first woman ever to climb Kangchenjunga in the fall, according to The Himalayan Database.

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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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damiengildea
Editor
1 month ago

Has anyone not noticed the video is of the Dhaulagiri ‘climb’, not Kanchenjunga as labelled?

Though to be fair, that’s probably the least problematic thing about this situation.

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Jahan
Jahan
1 month ago

Is this the only team attempting K2 this winter?

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Apy
Apy
1 month ago

Wish them all the best. 7:1 ratio sherpa/client. Wow !! But suppose she needs that to have any chance of succeeding.

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Apy

Please reconsider: Would you look down on her that much if she was a man? Just asking. Even with a lot of sherpa support, summiting 8’000ers is something that few can accomplish. Give her some credit for that.

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B Geoffries
B Geoffries
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

Yup. She’s doing it. Summit or not, Grace giving it a go under no illusions of it being other than it is. Great to see.

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Apy
Apy
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

Marie, yes I would have said exactly the same if it had been a man. I do give her credit for attempting K2 in winter, but I especially give credit to the 7 sherpas who will do all the work: fix ropes, break traik, set up camps, carry the o2 bottles, etc… She will just follow which, yes, is already a feat in itself…

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J ham
J ham
1 month ago
Reply to  Apy

Why even respond to a question like that?

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Apy
Apy
1 month ago
Reply to  Apy

Here is a group photograph of the Magnificient Seven who will hopefully carry Grace Tseng to the summit of K2. Courageous men…
https://www.instagram.com/p/CXLOkn9sJkq/?utm_medium=copy_link

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F v
F v
1 month ago

I’d like to follow their attempt but small change they will get a long enough weather window to summit. High risk of frostbite and a small delay or the next storm came earlier and you will freeze to death.

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jams
jams
1 month ago

The may as well just put her on their backs are carry her to the top in a relay. Amazing what money can buy.

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