A team of five Nepalese mountaineers led by Nepalese mountaineer/ former UK Army special force Member Nirmal Purja has set foot atop K2 – World’s Second Highest Mountain this morning. ‘They have become the first summiteers of the season’, said Mingma Sherpa, Chairman at Seven Summit Treks.
Purja-led team of rope fixing climbers is also believed to open a new route to the summit. The team comprised of five climbers from two different agencies – Changba Sherpa and Lakpa Temba Sherpa from Seven Trek Summit Treks while Purja, Gesman Tamang and Lakpa Dendi Sherpa belong to the Project Possible Team.
The K2 was the second last peak in Purja’s second phase of his ambitious 14/7 mission. Purja who worked as a Gurkha soldier in UK Army from 2003 to 2018, is chasing his goal of summiting 14 mountains above 8000 m around the world within just 7 months under the title “Mission Project Possible 14/7”.
He has already successfully climbed 10 mountains over three months since first summiting Mt Annapurna on 23 April. He is due to start ascending Broad Peak once he along with his team descends to the base camp, said Mingma Sherpa.
According to Project Possible, the third and the last phase is planned to complete between September and November. He will be conquering the summits of Manaslu (8163 meters, Nepal), Shishapangma (8027 meters, Tibet, China), and Cho Oyu (8188 meters, Tibet, China).