Nirmal Purja made a promise earlier this month: It is going to be the Nepalese climbing group that completes what’s deemed one of the vital daring mountaineering feats – reaching the summit of Mount K2 in winter. On January 16, he was a part of one of many two Nepali groups that converged a mere 10 metres forward of the 28,251-foot mountain’s peak. From there on, there was no particular person – solely the Nepali, the Nepali nationwide anthem, and the Nepali nationwide flag – because the workforce achieved the unthinkable.
“No particular person agendas, no particular person greed however solely solidarity and joint drive of Group Nepal Flag of Nepal with a shared imaginative and prescient,” Mr Purja, a former elite British Military soldier of Nepalese origin, posted on Twitter and Instagram, sharing a video of the final leg of their climb.
Brother to brother, shoulder to shoulder, we walked collectively to the summit while singing the Nepali nationwide anthem. All of us stopped round 10m earlier than reaching the summit to huddle and make our last steps collectively as a workforce to mark this historic feat .. 1/4 #K2winterpic.twitter.com/P2kCwRy1Vn
— Nirmal Purja MBE (@nimsdai) January 24, 2021
The legendary Nepali climbers have for many years assisted these from different components of the world obtain a number of mountaineering feats within the Himalayas. Seldom had been they themselves celebrated.
The mixed workforce, of which Mr Purja, who goes by the moniker Nimsdai on social media, was a component on January 16, made historical past in that sense.
Earlier this month, he had mentioned on social media that each one the 13 peaks above 8,000 metres had been scaled in winter by the worldwide climbing group and “it might be an amazing feat for the Nepalese climbing group to make historical past”.
“I cannot depart the bottom camp till the mission is completed,” mentioned Mr Purja.
Referring to the achievement, senior Nepalese journalist and author Kanak Mani Dixit mentioned he was assured that nothing like this had occurred within the annals of Himalayan mountaineering.
I’m assured nothing like this has occurred within the annals of Himalayan mountaineering: a bunch of climbers stops in need of the summit of a 8000m+ peak & hand-in-hand strikes to the highest singing the nationwide anthem. (Additionally enchanted to see pristine summit pyramid of Okay-2 in winter.) https://t.co/0ujcwkf4hE
— Kanak Mani Dixit (@KanakManiDixit) January 24, 2021
The climbing achievement apart, the spirit of unity and brotherhood on show at such a historic second is what thrilled Mr Dixit, too.