By Asem Mustafa Awan
ISLAMABAD (08-05-2017) A team of Nepalese and Chinese climbers reached the federal capital, Islamabad on Friday after successfully scaling Nanga Parbat 8125 meters and Broad Peak 8047 meters in July.
The expedition was led by Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa from Nepal. The climbers after climbing Nanga Parbat 8125 meters in Himalayas left for Broad Peak 8047 meters in Karakorums and recorded summit over there as well.
Chinese climber Ms Luo Jing reached Nanga Parbat summit on July 8 with Chhiji Nurbu and Sanu Sherpa and the same reached Broad Peak summit on July 28.
It was 20 hours climb from Camp 4 at 7200 meters at 8pm to Summit 8125 meters at 1pm and back to Camp 4 on Nanga Parbat at 10 am and 22 hours from Camp 3 meters at 7:00 pm to Summit at 8047 meters at 10:30 am and back to Camp 3 at 5:00 pm.
The Chinese Ms Luo Jing has scaled 13 of the 14 8000er meter peaks and the only one remaining is Shishapangma.
“I feel very happy and there is only one peak left from the big 14 which I hope to climb next year,” said Ms Luo Jing.
The other members included the Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa who is three short of 14 8000ers and Sanu Sherpa who is also three short of 14 8000ers.
The two Nepalese have climbed Everest 7 times and more and done a repeat of many 8000ers.
However there was one climber Usukh Bayer from Mongolia who returned with the team from Skardu with a heavy heart.
“I will be coming again next year for K-2 as this year it was too much for me and I was climbing all alone and I couldn’t make high camps and the equipment was too much to carry.”
Usukh managed to reach Camp 3 7300 meters on K-2 and was part of the Mingma G expedition which is attempting three peaks in Pakistan during the season.
“The two high altitude porters with me were not that strong, one got sick and the second had a broken crampon and I had no choice but to come back,” said Usukh.
Usukh has been climbing for over two decades and is member of the Seven Summits. He has climbed Everest from both South side and North side besides he skied both North and South Pole.