First Nepalese Sherpa Team on Last Winter 8000ers Ascent
December 2020-February 2021
Nepal is the proud home of eight of the fourteen 8000ers. While many Nepalese Sherpa are considered superhuman mountaineers, no Sherpa was part of a first winter ascent on any of the 8000ers. K2 remains the only 8000ers not summited in winter. Hopefully, our 2020/21 winter expedition will put a Nepalese Sherpa on K2's summit.
Tourism and mountaineering are vital sources of income for the Sherpa community, but there was little in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic brought world tourism to the ground and became a nightmare for the Sherpa community. In such a difficult time, our Nepalese Sherpa team are taking the initiative to make the first winter ascent on K2 to inspire and celebrate the entire Sherpa community.
However, it is almost impossible without adequate funds. So the reason we established a GoFundMe site is to seek help for this mission from climbers around the world. Sherpa have helped so many climbers achieve their dreams of mountaineering or reaching Everest's summit, and now we need your help. Your contribution will not only be for this team, but it will be for the happiness and celebration of the whole Sherpa community who have been helping you with your mountaineering dreams.
Why do we want to to go winter K2?
1. The main goal of this project is to make K2 summit in winter.
2. For happiness and hopes of the Sherpa community who was badly hit by Covid-19 in 2020 and may continue into 2021. If we can make K2 summit in winter, we will be able to give them some happiness in the name of Sherpa.
3. For the promotion of tourism in Pakistan and Nepal in 2021 and afterward. Covid-19 has badly hit the tourism workers in Pakistan and Nepal compared to other countries. For the last two months, there have been climbers and trekkers in Pakistan and Nepal and they all successfully did trekking and climbing following safety measures. If we follow the strict safety measures then we can do climbing and trekking in 2021 which will provide jobs to all the tourism workers.
MingmaG started his climbing career in 2006 and already climbed K2 in 2014 and 2017. MingmaG also has successfully climbed Everest/8848m-5 times, K2/8611m-twice, Kanchenjunga/8586m-once, Lhotse/8516m-once, Makalu/8463m-Once, Cho Oyu/8201m-once, Dhaulagiri/8167m-once, Manaslu/8163m-4times, Nanga Parbat/8125m-once, Annapurna/8091m-once, Gasherbrum-I/8068m-once, Broad Peak/8047m-once and Gasherbrum-II/8035m-once. He has experience of K2 in winter in previous year and this put an advantage in the mission. MingmaG also reached 8300m on Lhotse via South Face in the 2006/07 winter.
Dawa Tenzing Sherpa
Dawa tenzing sherpa has been working in the field of mountaineering since 1996. He has successfully climbed Mt. Everest 8848m (11 times), Kanchenjunga 8586m (once), Lhotse/8516m (3 times), Cho Oyu-8201m (twice), Dhaulagiri-8167m (twice) and Manaslu-8163m (Once) ,Ama Dablam6812m (4 times) and other peaks. He also tried Lhotse via South Face in 2004/05 and 2006/07. Dawa has participated a total of 33 times on different 8000ers.
Kilu Pemba Sherpa
Kilu born at the altitude of 4200m has successfully climbed Everest 8848m- 9 times, Mt Cho Oyu 8201m -Twice, Lhotse 8516m -Thrice, Dhaulagiri 8167m -Twice, Manaslu 8163m -Twice and Sishapangma 8027m -once. He has tried Lhotse via South Face in winter in 2004/05 and 2006/07 so he also got winter experience. He also participated in K2 winter 2019/2020. So he has good knowledge on winter K2.
The Sherpa Team will use Abruzzi route for winter 2020/21 with camps established at:
Base Camp: 17,716ft/5400m
Camp 1: 19,684ft/6000m
Camp 2: 21,981ft/6700m
Camp 3: 24,606ft/7500m
Camp 4: 26,095ft/7954m
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-Nepalese Sherpa Winter K2 team
- Robert Kerr
- Anselm Murphy
- Jonathan Hassler
- Gaedic Piron