Climbers scale 'Killer Mountain' this Autumn

Dream Wanderlust | Oct 8 , 2017

Nepali Sherpa climber Mingma G. Sherpa (31) reached the summit of the world's ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat (8126m) on 2nd October, 2017 at 12:40 pm. Mingma Gyalze Sherpa along with Zhang Liang, A Zhong, Jing Xue, Phur Galjen Sherpa, Pasang Namgel Sherpa, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Sirbaz Khan were successful in making the first ever autumn summit on this mountain. According to Mingma, this is his fifth 8000m summit in 2017 and also the twelfth 8000m summit. He has done eleventh 8000m ascents without the supplementary Oxygen.

Last spring, a team including Mingma reached the summit ridge of Nanga Parbat in June but didn’t reach the original summit point. He wrote his social profile "...Once Ali told that is Summit, some of our sherpa and member took pictures. I am still in dilemma about our summit...".

Mingma summitted Mt Makalu and Mt Dhaulagiri without the help of Oxygen in the last spring season. He also scaled Mt K2 on July and Broad Peak without Oxygen on August in this year. Although a member of this expedition Fredrik Sträng wrote his social profile, "I am abandoning my claim of summiting Broad Peak despite all the evidence that lay before me that proves that our group did." questioned the summit claim.

According to the Sherpa, Zhang Liang completed his fourteenth 8000m peaks and registered himself in 14 Peak Club whereas A Zhong completed his twelfth 8,000m and Jing Xue completed his eleventh 8000m. Muhammad Ali, who is famous for having made the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat in February 2016 with Italian Simone Moro and Spanish Alex Txikon, also scaled the mountain for the fourth time. In 2008 and 2009, Ali summitted the mountain in summer. In 2016, he scaled it in winter and this time (2017) in Autumn.

Photo Courtesy: Mingma G. Sherpa and Muhammad Ali

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