DIGITAL FEATURE: An Oral History of the First Winter Ascent of K2

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Sandro Gromen-Hayes, copyright @nimsdai

On 16 January 2021, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, a ten-strong all-Nepali team made history in more ways than one. One Magar and nine Sherpas started out in three separate teams, but united to reach a common goal. With mere steps to go, they gathered and marched to the summit in unison, breathlessly singing the national anthem of Nepal and bearing their country's unique red and blue pennant flag.

In their own words — and in-between a succession of celebratory receptions in Kathmandu — Nimsdai Purja, Mingma G and Mingma David Sherpa recounted their individual experiences of the climb.


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What an excellent read, and the summit video was just amazing and moving. Well done to everyone involved.


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