The team of Pakistani climbers have reached the top of the world’s second tallest mountain, K2, to mark 60 years since it was first scaled. The team consists of six climbers i.e Hassan Jan, Ali Durani, Rahmat Ullah Baig, Ghulam Mehdi, Ali and Muhammad Sadiq. Ali Durrani, the 24-year-old team member, is the youngest Pakistani to have climbed K2. It was the first team attempt by Pakistani climbers, although individual climbers like Ashraf Aman and Nazir Sabir have previously climbed the peak.
The K2 (8611) is located on the border between Baltistan and the Taxkorgan, China. Last year, K2 denied all efforts by climbers to go beyond Camp III due to extreme snow conditions on the slopes of the giant.
The Pakistani mountaineering heroes belong to the villages of Sadpara, Shigar, Hushe and Shimshal valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan. Some of them have served in the ’Concordia Rescue Team’, one of the highest rescue teams in the world which carries out mountain rescues in Pakistan.
The Pakistani Team of K2 Winners
Team leader Mohammad Taqi, Hushey Valley’s most well-known guide and climber, has the summits of Broad Peak and Spantik under his belt.
Hasan Jan, also from Hushey has done Nanga Parbat, Char-Ku Za, Gasherbrum 2 and Broad Peak.
Mohammad Sadiq from Sadpara, the village said to have the best high altitude porters in the world, has done G1, G2 and Broad Peak.
Hushey’s Ghulam Mehdi has conquered G1, G2, K7, Nanga Parbat and Spantik while his peer Ali Durrani scaled Broad Peak earlier.
Ali Rozi also from Hushey has climbed Broad Peak and G2. Mohammad Hasan has scaled G2, K2 and Broad Peak.
Rehmatullah Baig from Shimshal is an ace rock climber.