Winter ascent of K2 is probably the most-remarkable yet unclaimed title in Karakoram mountaineering. It has been attempted just four times. There are several factors that discourage anyone thinking of climbing K2 in winter. It’s a complex operation requiring huge sums of money and logistical experience. The approach to the mountain is difficult and dangerous.
According to Alpine Club of Pakistan, the adventure tourism in winter is improving. For the upcoming winter season three international team are preparing to scale K2 and Nanga Parbat. A 10 member Russian team and five member Spanish team will try to be first to scale K2 in winter. Meanwhile famous Italian mountaineer Daniele Nardi will attempt Nanga Parbat from a new route.
According to our sources, Gilgit Baltistan Council has issued climbing permits for two expeditions for K2 and while issuing permit to Nanga Parbat team is still in process.
Last winter, two international teams had attempted to scale K2 and Nanga Parbat. However 13 members of the Polish team failed to conquer K2 while the two-member French and Polish team attempted to scale Nanga Parbat. During the Nanga Parbat attempt, a Polish climber died of while his French colleague had been rescued.