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Expedition to K2 reached the second camp

Only four out of six climbers are continueing their way to the top. They are expecting the good weather to hold on.

Expedition to K2 reached the second camp
K2. ©National Geographic\Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Expedition to K2 made it to intermediate camp

Despite of the snow four participants of the international expedition to K2 have got to the intermediate camp at 6,100 meters.

Expedition to K2 made it to intermediate camp
K2 ©National Geographic\Darek Zaluski
International expedition started the final ascent to K2

Today, August 16, the alpinists reached the first camp at 5,300 meters.

International expedition started the final ascent to K2
Maksut Zhumayev. ©National Geographic/Darek Zaluski
Participants of K2 expedition are now illegal imigrants

Chinese and Kyrgyz visas of participants of the expedition to K2 have expired. This makes further attempts to ascend Chogori formally illegal.

Participants of K2 expedition are now illegal imigrants
Expedition to K2. ©National Georraphic/Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Expedition to K2 divided into 2 groups because of bad weather

Participants of expedition to K2 have divided into two groups and are waiting for a better weather in Italian and Chinese camps.

Expedition to K2 divided into 2 groups because of bad weather
K2 mount. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Expedition to K2 will start the final ascent not earlier than August 16

The alpinists will spend the next few days in the Chinese base camp at 3,800 meters because of a strong wind.

Expedition to K2 will start the final ascent not earlier than August 16
Maksut Zhumayev's team at the table. ©National Geographic\Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Austrian president supported international expedition to K2 over the phone

International expedition to Chogori is having a rest in the base camp and deciding on the timing of their final ascent to the peak.

Austrian president supported international expedition to K2 over the phone
Tents of the second camp. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Landslide and "alive" rocks did not hinder expedition to K2 from getting to the first camp

Participants of international expedition to K2 went down from the second to the first camp despite of a landslide threat and moving rocks.

Landslide and "alive" rocks did not hinder expedition to K2 from getting to the first camp
Maksut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
International expedition to K2 has set the 4th camp

According to Kazakh climber Maksut Zhumayev, the team has set the route to the fourth camp and set the camp. This fulfills the main goal of their fourth acclimatization ascent.

International expedition to K2 has set the 4th camp
Maksut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
К2 expedition stoped several hundred meters before the fourth camp

Chogori is 8,611 meters high. So to reach the peak the team will have to cover another 811 meters of height.

К2 expedition stoped several hundred meters before the fourth camp
Expedition to K2. ©NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/Ralf Dujmovits
International expedition to K2 might challenge the summit before August 9

According to Kazakh alpinist Maksut Zhumayev they’ve received weather forecasts that the weather will be good enough until Tuesday for the final ascent.

International expedition to K2 might challenge the summit before August 9
Maksut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Alpinists of K2 expedition spent a night at 7100 m

Good weather on August 4 allowed the team to ascend 500 meters of Chogori.

Alpinists of K2 expedition spent a night at 7100 m
K2 mount. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
K2 expedition covered a record distance in one day

The team of alpinists ascended 1300 meters in 11 hours. Their trip from the first camp to the second was one of the most difficult and exhausting.

K2 expedition covered a record distance in one day
Expedition to K2. ©NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/Maxut Zhumayev
Alpinists of K2 expedition fell through a crack

The team managed to promptly get Maksut Zhumayev and Ralf Dujmovits from the crack in the ice. None of the climbers received any serious injuries.

Alpinists of K2 expedition fell through a crack
Expedition to K2. ©NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/Ralf Dujmovits
International expeditions to K2 delayed by one more day

This forced delay might prevent Zhumayev from congratulating his son on his birthday from the height of 8000m.

International expeditions to K2 delayed by one more day
Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Our chief goal is to stay alive: K2 expedition

Participants of the international alpinist expedition to K2 that includes 2 Kazakh climbers are bracing for the fourth ascent to Chogori to set a camp at 8000 m.

Our chief goal is to stay alive: K2 expedition
Gerlinda Kaltenbrunner. ©NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/Ralf Dujmovits
Expedition to K2 will not continue the ascent before August 1

Bad weather is preventing the expedition from starting the four acclimatization ascent. During the days of rest they spent time practicing aerial stunts.

Expedition to K2 will not continue the ascent before August 1
©NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/Darek Zaluski
Participants of K2 expedition are having "a 100% rest"

Thanks to the warm weather the alpinists could swim in the river, lie on the sunny bank, have a picnic on the green grass and watch stars.

Participants of K2 expedition are having "a 100% rest"
The team in a tent. ©National Geografic\Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Expedition to K2 made fireworks

International expedition to K2 also called Chogori made it to the Chinese base camp.

Expedition to K2 made fireworks
Expedition to K2. ©NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/Darek Zaluski
Participants of expedition to K2 concerned about landslide

Participants of the international expedition to K2 had to take additional safeguard measures on their way back to the base camp.

Participants of expedition to K2 concerned about landslide