Pasang Norbu Sherpa to attempt🇳🇵K2 – Fastest in Winter ❄️
4 Feb, at 6:30 PKT, Pasang Norbu Sherpa set off from the basecamp aiming to the summit of Mt. K2 within 24 hrs.
Pasang already reached to high C2 (6670m – 13:25PKT).
Weather and winds are supposed to be fair till the early morning of the 5th Feb, while it’s a hazard attempt, technically difficult, and a long climb.
Wish him a good luck and a favorable weather condition.
Note: NOT A COMPETITION, IT’S JUST AN ATTEMPT
Source: Chhang Dawa Sherpa
According to expedition leader Dawa Sherpa, Norbu’s goal is to summit K2 within 24 hours, from bottom to top, and to get down before the weather window closes.
It is a smart attempt. He can use the already broken trail and the ropes have been freshly checked by climbers before him. Excellent weather conditions are predicted for today and should hold tomorrow. He will also spend as little time at altitude as possible, decreasing the chance of altitude-related health issues.
Norbu Sherpa will use O2 on the mountain’s upper sections.
“He is determined, but will not take unnecessary risks,” Seven Summit Treks’ spokesman told ExplorersWeb.
Norbu is a highly experienced winter climber.
Last year, he teamed up with Alex Txikon on Ama Dablam and for a subsequent attempt on Everest. He even managed a summit in the 2020 autumn season when he climbed Manaslu with the Bahraini team.
His resume includes three Everest summits, five Manaslu summits, two Makalu summits, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Speed records on 8000’ers are always tricky. Because mountain conditions play such a major role there is no level playing field. The situation gets more complicated when the climber uses O2. Oxygen flow impacts a climber’s speed and the point where climbers begin to use oxygen can also vary.
On Everest two records are widely accepted, the official record is held by Lakpa Gelu Sherpa (10h 56′ in 2003), while the fastest ascent without O2 is by Hans Kammerlander (16h 45′ in 1996).
Meanwhile, Juan Pablo Mohr and Tamara Lunger are at approximately 7300 meters , where C3 is normally positioned. At the same altitude there is also Colin O’Brady, who left base camp yesterday directly towards C2. The American was left without a climbing partner after Jon Kedrowski preferred to give up yesterday: “ I assessed that the risks for me on K2 were higher than the reward, ” wrote the mountaineer who returned to CB. O’Brady, who is making an attempt with oxygen, is obviously not alone, he is also climbing the SST sherpas.
Snorri and the two Sadparas are further down, at about 7000 meters.
The goal of the SST teams and the Snorri team is to get to C3 today (around 7300) and from there launch the summit attempt tonight. Mohr and Lunger, on the other hand, according to the plans of the departure from the CB (which however could very well have changed during the race), would like to start the climb to the top from a low C4 (usually located at 7750m). We will see where they will stop today for confirmation.
Source: Montagna TV