By APD writer Muhammad Sohail
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 13 (APD) - A team of 13 Polish mountaineers have reached the base camp in their expedition to conquer the 8,611-meter-high mountain, the world’s second highest situated in northern areas of Pakistan, official media reported on Saturday.
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The team, being supported by local porters, started its trekking on Monday and reached the base camp of the mountain and that they would start their expedition soon.
The attempt is being considered as a brave move because the group aims to achieve a task no one has so far accomplished in winter. K2 is the only one left among 14 eight-thousand height mountains yet to be scaled in winter.
K2 with extremely strong winds in winter is considered among the deadliest mountains on Earth.
A seasoned climber, Krzysztof Wielicki, 67, is a leader of the expedition. Previously, Wielicki made two attempts to scale the rugged heights in winter once in 1987 and again 2003 but failed.
“Half the team has already climbed the K2 in summer, the rest have tried. The team has experience as some members have conquered the Everest in winter,” Wielicki told local media.
The wind is just one risk of climbing K2 on which temperature falls below minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit with only a few hours of daylight.
K2 is considered more lethal mountain than Mount Everest, and 84 people have died on the mountain since record-keeping began. Only 306 people have ever reached the top, compared to the more than 4,000 that have completed the ascent on Mount Everest.
Michał Leksinski, a spokesperson for the expedition, said that the Polish team has been preparing for almost two years, purchasing the best climbing equipment and hiring a supplemental team of weather forecasters, dietitians, sports trainers, and doctors.
The climbers have trained in specialized rooms called hypobaric chambers, which allow trainers to manipulate air pressure and to prepare climbers’ bodies for the high-altitude, low-oxygen environment of the mountain.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)