Climbers in Nepal have made their country proud by achieving the first-ever winter summit of K2.
Decades before this feat, the indigenous climbers have toiled in the shadows as foreign climbers win accolades for conquering the world’s most treacherous peaks.
Their ascent in mid-January of the world’s second-highest mountain — the notoriously challenging 8,611-metre (28,251-feet) “savage mountain” of Pakistan — shone a much-deserved spotlight on their own climbing prowess.
According to earlier reports on this- “This is not just our success — it is for all Nepalis, so that our future generations can look back and be proud about achievements of Nepali climbers,” one of the 10 summiteers, Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, told AFP.
Kami Rita Sherpa, who has climbed Everest a record 24 times, told reporters that the recognition was long overdue.
“The Western climbers did not set the records without the help of Sherpas.”
“All the routes are set by us, the food is cooked by us, their loads are carried by our brothers — they haven’t done it alone.”
To reflect their immense pride in making the achievement in their country’s name, the team sang the Nepali anthem, with their distinctive national flag fluttering in one of their hands, as they neared K2’s savage summit.