First winter ascent of Nanga Parbat for Alex Txikon.
From: Trangoworld Press Department
Alex Txikon, Ali Sadpara and Simone Moro successfully carried out the historic first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat after 26 years and almost 30 expeditions’ unsuccessful attempts.
And they have succeeded on February the 26th. after a long day that began early in the morning from the 7,200 meters from the C4 and brought them up to 8,126 meters from the summit at 15:37 hours in the afternoon, Pakistani hour. Tamara Lunger, unfortunately had to stop a few meters below, somewhere along the ridge by extreme fatigue and physical problems.
The union of the Alex and Simone teams has achieved what no one had before has done. It has been 26 years and almost 30 expeditions and failures. Alex Txikon led an international team with Italian Daniele Nardi and Pakistani Ali Sadpara. Meanwhile, Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger initially planned the summit via a different route (as the 2000 attempt by Reinhold Messner instead of Kinshofer of Txikon and his team).
Alex Txikon (Lemoa (Vizcaya) , 1981) is a mountaineer ten " eight thousanders " in his pocket, that five years ago , instead of thinking to complete the list of fourteen preferred to look even harder specializing in winter expeditions.
Nanga Parbat, the "Naked Mountain" in Urdu language, with 8,126 meters, the ninth highest mountain in the planet, already dramatic in spring-summer season with a 22 percent of deaths from the mountaineers who have tried. Called the “Killer Mountain” from 1953’s first attempt, first winter expedition was in 1989. Since then, twenty expeditions have tried and none passed the 7,800 meters.
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