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Nepali K2 climbers get heroes’ welcome

The 10 men, who scaled the 8,611 metre (28,251 foot) peak on January 16, attributed their success to team spirit
Team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2
Team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2
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PTI   |   Kathmandu   |   Published 27.01.21, 12:41 AM

A team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2, the world’s second tallest peak, arrived back in the country to a heroes’ welcome on Tuesday from crowds of well-wishers.

The 10 men, who climbed the 8,611 metre (28,251 foot) K2 peak on January 16, attributed their success to team spirit and a resolve to raise their country’s pride.

The mountain, that straddles the Pakistan-China border, was first climbed in 1954 but had never been summitted in the winter. “We succeeded in our effort because we worked as a team,” Nirmal Purja, the climbing leader, said at a public function to welcome them back. “If we unite we conquer, if we are divided we fall,” he added.

He said the K2 ascent was a huge achievement for all climbers to celebrate. “It is bigger than winning the World Cup.” Purja, 37, also holds the record of climbing the world’s 14 highest mountains.



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