While the focus has been squarely on Everest and the Himalaya of late, it won’t be long before the Karakorum begins to see traffic as well. ExWeb has posted their first 2008 Karakorum Expedition List which gives us a glimpse into what we can expect this Spring and Summer in Pakistan.
At the moment there are four teams prepping for K2 this year. In addition to the mixed team of Americans, Australians, and Swedes, there are also teams from Singapore, Korea, and the Netherlands. K2 is obviously the crown jewel of the Karakorum, and no matter what season it is, it’s always a difficult and challenging climb.
But the second highest mountain on the planet isn’t the only one to see action in Pakistan in the months ahead. Broad Peak already has three teams scheduled, one of which will attempt all three Gasherbrum Peaks while they’re in the neighborhood as well. There are also three teams set for Nanga Parbet and yet two more gunning for GI and GII as well.
Away from the 8000m peaks, there are a slew of teams going for a wide variety of mountains, including a shot at K7 and Mustagh Tower by two different Slovenian teams. And we can’t forget about the ladies either, as Patricia Deavoll of New Zealand will go for the First Ascent of Bekka Brakki by a woman.
It’s shaping up to be a good year in both the Karakorum and Himalaya with some very interesting climbs. It should be fun to watch these expeditions unfold in a few months time.
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