23 climbers scale Mt K2 as summit bids underway on Day II July 22, 2018

KATHMANDU:   At least 23 climbers successfully climbed Mt K2, the world’s second highest peak, today, according to expedition organiser.

Iswari Poudel, Managing Director at Himalayan Guides shared that 22 climbers of the USA International K2 Expedition led by Garrett Christian Madison of Madison Mountaineering stood atop the summit of 8,611 m-mountain. Two high altitude porters from the Madison Mountaineering were among 31 climbers who ascended the peak yesterday, he added.

According to him, team leader Madison, Geoffrey Peter Schellens, James Patrick Clarke, John Brink Stenderup, Jesus Antonio Rosales and Lisa Irene Thompson from US, David Liano Gonzalez of Mexico, Estonian alpinist Andras Kaasik, Irish climbers Jason Paul Black and Robert Kelso Smith and Japanese climber Takayasu Semba reached the summit point today at around 7:10 am.

Other climbers who climbed the mountain included Aang Phurba Sherpa, Siddhi Bahadur Tamang, Tashi Sherpa, Pasdawa Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Mingdorchi Sherpa, Kamdorji Sherpa and Lakpa Bhote as well as Pakistani high altitude porters Fida Ali, Musa Ali, Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Bashir, he said.

“The team made it to the top of the mountain after finding a fair window,” Poudel quoted Madison as saying from the high camp. The climbers have been descending to lower camps, he added.

The ‘deadliest’ mountain recorded at least 54 summits in two days, according to Poudel.

Meanwhile, Polish climber Andrzej Bargiel also reached the summit point as he has a plan to become the first person to climb K2 and ski all the way down, according to reports. “Andrzej has already started skiing down from the summit point,” reports quoted his media operator Simon as saying.

–   By Rajan Pokharel, THE HIMALAYAN TIMES

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