German Team Makes Second First Ascent in 3 Days

Last week I posted an update of the quiet, yet still unfolding, climbing season in Pakistan, where very few teams have arrived this summer. Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, most commercial and independent climbing expeditions have elected to stay home, avoiding potential exposure while traveling. But a team from Germany did make the journey and … Read more

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Vows to Reopen to Travel Ahead of Karakoram Climbing Season

Over the past month or so, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the summer climbing season in the Karakoram. With the coronavirus restricting travel across the globe, it looked like that season would be cancelled for sure. But yesterday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a glimmer of hope to those who would … Read more

Will There Be a 2020 Karakoram Climbing Season?

With the 2020 spring climbing season in the Himalaya already cancelled, leaving Everest, Lhotse, and other big peaks completely empty, the mountaineering community has found itself on lockdown due to the coronavirus. But climbers have already started looking ahead and are asking themselves when it will be safe to return to the mountains. Some believe … Read more