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The Nepalese alpinists reaching the summit of K2 in winter on 16/01/2021: Nirmal Purja, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Mingma G, Dawa Tenjin Sherpa, Kilu Pemba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa.
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K2 first winter ascent, the video of the historic Nepalese climb vs. global warming

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The video of the historic first winter ascent of K2, completed by 10 Nepalese mountaineers on 16 January 2021.

After stopping immediately below the summit in order to wait for each other, on Saturday 16 January 2021 ten Nepalese mountaineers climbed to the summit of K2 to complete the mountain’s historic first winter ascent. Until then, K2 was the only 8000m peak that had not been climbed before in winter. Nirmal Purja has now published a video of these jubilant final steps and his call certainly needs no further explanation.

"Brother to brother, shoulder to shoulder, we walked together to the summit whilst singing the Nepali national anthem. We all stopped around 10m before reaching the summit to huddle and make our final steps together as a team to mark this historical feat, the first ascent of K2 in winter.

No individual agendas, no individual greed but only solidarity and joint force of Team Nepal with a shared vision. Super proud of all the team members for earning this for Nepal and humanity through hardship, selfless effort, and most importantly UNITY proving that Nothing is Impossible ! We are honoured to be sharing this moment with communities all across the world.

Global warming and climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing right now. The human race needs to unite to face era’s most threatening looming crisis. If we unite we can make anything possible!"

The climbers who summited K2 are: Nirmal Purja, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Mingma G, Dawa Tenjin Sherpa, Kilu Pemba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa.

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