‘Bigger than winning World Cup’: Nepali climber on first winter ascent of K2

KATHMANDU: A team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2, the world’s second tallest peak, arrived back in the country to a heroes’ welcome on Tuesday from crowds of well-wishers.

The 10 men, who climbed the 8,611 metre (28,251 foot) K2 peak on Jan. 16, attributed their success to team spirit and a resolve to raise their country’s pride.

The mountain, that straddles the Pakistan-China border, was first climbed in 1954 but had never been summitted in the winter.

“We succeeded in our effort because we worked as a team,” Nirmal Purja, the climbing leader, said at a public function to welcome them back. “If we unite we conquer … if we are divided we fall,” he added. – Reuters