Winter 2013 | Teams Arrive in Islamabad


au revoir
Almost a week has passed since winter solstice (and the start of official winter climbing season). As expected, winter climbers have started arriving in Islamabad. Ian Overton, Dávid Klein and Zoltán Ács of US-Hungarian Nanaga Parbat Expedition Team are the first ones, who arrived here on 26th December. Unfortunately they discovered that 6 out of 7 boxes of luggage are missing. It has been reported that missing boxes are expected to arrive later today. Meanwhile, team is busy in finishing gear-packing, shopping consumables that were to be bought from Islamabad and finalizing plans for further travel.

If everything goes as per plan, they would be leaving for Chilas on Sunday and would be settled in Base Camp by Monday/Tuesday. Chilas is a an ancient town on Karakoram Highway and can be reached from Islamabad in 12-15 hours via bus. US-Hungarian team is attempting Nanga Parbat by fair means, ie without supplemental oxygen and high altitude porters, via Diamer Face where they shall be joined by Italians and an Irani climber who are still at home. Their departure is scheduled on 30th December.

Images from US-Hungarians' expedition site

 

The Polish Broad Peak Expedition has also shared the final composure of the team. Their gear has already been transported to Base Camp in autumn. (Update: Polish team is expected to reach Skardu on 15th January and climbing Broad Peak should commence from 25th onwards. Though Krzysztof Wielecki will be in Pakistan by the end December for necessary preperations. Summit is targeted around mid February).

Polish BP Expedition Members:-
Krzysztof Wielicki - Leader
Maciej Berbeka
Adam Bielecki
Tomasz Kowalski

Arthur Małek

As of now, no news is available for 'Justice for All Nanga Parbat (Rupal Face) expedition'. Hopefully, we would be hearing from them, soon.
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