There is an Actual Mountaineering Expedition Taking Place in Pakistan

Throughout the ongoing pandemic we have continually speculated about when regular mountaineering expeditions would resume this year. In the spring, we saw Everest and the other big Himalayan Peaks closed due to the coronavirus, but for a time we thought that surely the summer Karakoram season in Pakistan would happen. As the world continued to … Read more

Are There Actually Climbing Teams Heading to the Karakoram This Summer?

Over the past month or so, we’ve been watching the situation in Pakistan closely as we wait to see if there will be a summer climbing season in the Karakoram. Right now, things are definitely influx inside the country, where the coronavirus continues to spiral out of control and government officials appear to have no … Read more

Karakoram Summer 2019: Summits on Broad Peak and First Ascent of Toshe III

There has been a surprisingly steady stream of news from the Karakoram this week. While it is still very early in the season, the past few days have brought continued updates that have included summit success, news on acclimatization rotations, and more. Today is no different, as we get word on yet more successful summits … Read more

Karakoram Summer 2019: Summit Success on Nanga Parbat, Nims Purja in Base Camp?

Yesterday was a busy on Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8126 meters (26,660 ft). Not only did the mountain see its first confirmed summits of the season, but rumors also appeared indicating that Nims Purja arrived in Base Camp, possibly signaling that his attempt to summit all 14 8000-meter peaks … Read more

Karakoram Summer 2019: Summit Push Already Underway on Nanga Parbat

The summer 2019 climbing season in Pakistan has barely started and we already have a summit push underway on Nanga Parbat. Despite the fact that conditions have been less than ideal across the Karakoram and Himalaya so far, several teams have now joined forces in an attempt to take advantage of a brief, but promising, … Read more

Karakoram 2019: K2 Teams Arriving in Base Camp as Season Gets Underway

K2 Pakistan

It hasn’t even been a month since the dust settled on the controversial and difficult climbing season in the Himalaya and already we’re turning our attention to Pakistan and the Karakoram. Even now, the first teams are making their way into K2 Base Camp as operations there in Pakistan begin to ramp up. And while … Read more

Alex Txikon Discusses Search and Rescue Efforts on Nanga Parbat

Last week we shared an interview that Explorers Web conducted with Alex Txikon regarding his recent attempt to summit K2 in winter. In that interview, Txikon discussed the challenges of climbing that mountain during the harshest season of them all, and gave us insights into the relationship between his team and the international squad that … Read more