Nanga Parbat 2016
Nanga Parbat (literally, Naked Mountain in Urdu language, is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea level. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus river skirts into the plains of pakistan. It is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of the Pakistan and is locally known as 'Deo Mir' ('mir' meaning 'mountain').
Nanga Parbat is one of the eight-thousanders, with a summit elevation of 8,126 metres (26,660 ft). An immense, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain, Nanga Parbat is also a notoriously difficult climb. Numerous mountaineering deaths in the mid and early 20th century lent it the nickname "killer mountain". Along with K2, it has never been climbed in winter.
The first week of December, Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger flew to Pakistan to attempt the first winter climb of Nanga Parbat.
• For Simone this will be his third winter attempt for Nanga Parbat and the 15th winter expedition in his climbing career on the gran total of more than 50 expeditions.
• For Tamara this will be the second winter expedition after the recent Manaslu winter attempt with Simone in February-March 2015.
• The route that Tamara & Simone intend to follow had been not yet climbed before even it had been attempted 3 times. It is the Messner Eisendle line that was attempted in 2000. It is on the left side of the Diamir Face and it starts from the Diamir Glacier that has to be entirely crossed to arrive at the base of that route.
• There will be necessarily at least 3 camps even if it is probable that a 4th camp has to be fixed before the summit push.
Simone will continue his winter exploration trying to realize his 4th 8000 m summit completely in. At the same time Tamara Lunger, a strong alpinist, will be trying her second winter expedition. This could mean for her the beginning of a career in the “women winter exploration” of high altitude peaks. The first and only winter climb performed by a girl on Cho Oyu in 1993, she was the Swiss Marianne Chapuisat at the age of 23. Tamara will try to climb in a 2 member team and restart the “winter games” also for the women explorers.
In order to focus on their project, this time Athletes decided not to communicate live the expedition. Information and news will be posted by their team on their official Facebook pages:
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