Against many unfavorable conditions, Nirmal Purja‘s Project Possible team plus two Sherpas from Seven Summits treks successfully summited K2 at local time 7:50 am Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Also Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez summited a few hours later at 11:45 am not using supplemental oxygen. Both climbers have now summited both Everest and K2 with no supplemental O’s. There were a few additional people to summit including one from Iran. Sorry no names available yet.
Dawa Sherpa posted this update:
A huge congratulations the Fixing team for their successful ascent of Mt. K2 (8611m). The team of Seven Summit Treks and “Project Possible – 14/7″.
- Lakpa Dendi Sherpa (PP)
- Lakpa Temba Sherpa (SST)
- Nirmal Purja (PP)
- Chhangba Sherpa (SST)
- Gesman Tamang (PP)
Adrian Ballinger reports to me
We did it! Nims team and our team made summit. Me and Carla no O’s. Also a very strong Iranian named Hussein summits today no O’s. I’m back in c4.
Probably the biggest storyline for this year, and in many years, is Nirmal Purja‘s effort to summit all 14 of the 8000-meter peaks in 7 months breaking the record of 7 years. With K2, he and his team of four Sherpas have summited 10: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II and K2. Now he is on to Broad Peak before leaving Pakistan for the final climbs in Tibet and Nepal on Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Sishapangma – all of which are considered very achievable although reaching the true summit of Shish is a serious and very dangerous climb.
His team consisted of: Nirmal Purja‘s and four Sherpas: Lakpadendi Sherpa, Gesman Tamang, Changba Sherpa and Lakpa Temba Sherpa
More Summits Planned for July 25
Dawa Sherpa posted that 19 additional SST claimers will go for the summit on Thursday May 25::
👉🏻Stafanov – Bulgaria 🇧🇬
👉🏻Klara- Czech republic 🇨🇿
👉🏻Herbert Hellmuth – Germany 🇩🇪
👉🏻Waldemar – Poland 🇵🇱
👉🏻Hans – Austria 🇦🇹
👉🏻Moeses- Brazil 🇧🇷
👉🏻Karina – Brazil 🇧🇷
👉🏻Maximo – Brazil🇧🇷
👉🏻David – USA 🇺🇸
👉🏻 Anaya Germany 🇩🇪
👉🏻Sherpa Chhepal – Nepal 🇳🇵
👉🏻Nima Thinduk sherpa – Nepal 🇳🇵
👉🏻Temba Bhote – Nepal 🇳🇵
👉🏻Pemba Thinduk sherpa – Nepal 🇳🇵
👉🏻Dilawar – Pakistan 🇵🇰
👉🏻Sazed – Pakistan 🇵🇰
👉🏻Yousuf – Pakistan 🇵🇰
👉🏻Ngima Dorchi Sherpa – Nepal 🇳🇵
👉🏻Mingtemba Sherpa – Nepal 🇳🇵
Other independent climbers hoping to still summit include Spanish climber Lina Quesada of Spain and Hungarian climbers Szilárd Suhajda and Dávid Klein.
Many people are probably curious if the teams and individuals who left have regrets. Well, I cannot speak for all but I sure it’s a mixed bag of emotions. Yes, perhaps if they stayed they would have had their shot. On the other hand, decisions are made with the best available information at that moment.
The climbers who summited were not your ordinary people. They were highly experienced, highly skilled, strong and savvy. And they took a calculated gamble that the snow conditions had improved enough to reduced the avalanche risk to an acceptable level. With more weather moving in at the end of week, the additional climbers need to get up and off as quickly as possible.
Climbing big peaks is all about judgement and risk tolerance. Today’s summiteers showed tremendous courage, resiliency and determination. Well done to all. Well done.
Memories are Everything