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Climbing Nanga Parbat in the Cold Winter Months

Daniele Nardi (Italy) and Elisabeth Revol (France) are attempting the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat (8125m) in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. They have been capturing video footage in the midst of their cold and windy attempt, giving us a good impression of what it’s like up there this time of year. At the moment the weather has pounded teams tackling the climb, sending many back to the village of Chilas to wait for better conditions.

In 1997, a Polish winter expedition, lead by Andrzej Zawada, fell 250m short of reaching Nanga Parbat’s summit. To date, no expedition has successfully climbed the mountain in winter or reached the winter highpoint set by the 1997 team.

Nanga Parbat was first climbed during the summer months of July in 1953 via the Rakhiot Flank (East Ridge) by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl. Buhl climbed solo with no oxygen.

–David Crothers, Online Producer