A multinational team of three climbers reached the summit of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan on 9th July 2018 around 8:23a.m Pakistan standard time, signifying the first 8000er summit of the current mountaineering season in Pakistan.
It was a historic moment for the South Korean expedition leader Kim Migon scaling all 8000ers in the world, Nanga Parbat was the only remaining peak. Other climbers who scaled with Kim are Lu Chung Han from Taiwan and Sanu Sherpa from Nepal.
Mr. Sakhawat Hussain from Summit Karakoram, organizers of the expedition told Pakistan Mountain News, “The legend mountaineer Mr. Kim Migon has successfully scaled Nanga Parbat from Diamir face dated 9-7-2018 at 8:23am PST along with Lu Chung Han and Sanu Sherpa .”
Couple of weeks ago famous and experienced mountaineers including Mike Horn, Alex Gavan and Tunc Findik abandoned their expeditions on Nanga Parbat citing poor climbing conditions.
Nanga Parbat, at 8,126 meters above sea-level, is the ninth highest mountain in the world and the second highest in Pakistan after K-2. It is known as the ‘killer mountain’ for its lethal difficulty level of climbing. Nanga Parbat was Kim’s last 14th where he has completed.
Compared to Himalayan range in Pakistan, Karakoram proved to be more challenging and dangerous for mountaineers in this climbing season due to cold weather, heavy snowfall, unstable snow, avalanches. Karakoram has already taken three precious lives of mountaineers from Italy, Canada and Austria and four received severe injuries.