Six Pakistanis, including 20-year-old Sheroze Kashif, head to the top tonight »Explorersweb

Nepali guides Pasdawa Sherpa, Dawa Ongchu, Nima Gyalzen and Ningma Tamang, along with their Western clients Kristin Harila and Grace Tseng, have already reached the G1 summit today. But what about the six Pakistani climbers battling against the wind at Camp 3 yesterday?

They are still there, but they will soon go to the top themselves, despite the wind.

Gasherbrum 1, aka Hidden Peak. Photo: Sirbaz Khan

Of the six Pakistanis, only Shehroze Kashif uses O2. At just 20 years old, he is trying to become the youngest to climb all the 8,000m peaks. The Pakistanis struggled to negotiate the Japanese corridor in winds of 75 km/h. Sirbaz Khan, Naila Kiani (sometimes written as Kayani in local media) and Sohail Sakhi climbed K2 together last week and admitted that right now Gasherbrum I is even more difficult.

“On K2 there are ropes everywhere, but the Japanese corridor is just ice and windswept snow,” Khan told his mentor Samson Sharaf by satellite phone.

Sajid Sadpara dressed in an orange high altitude jumpsuit a few days ago on the slope of a peak.

Sajid Sapara. Picture: Facebook

Windy climb ahead

The wind will remain their most serious obstacle. “Tonight will be clear but very cold and windy,” Sharaf reported. The six men will have to be careful on the hard and slippery snow and ensure that the wind does not carry them away.

They expect to take at least seven hours to reach the summit and will try to descend to Camp 1 the same day.

Sirbaz Khan raises his hands on the snow-capped summit of K2 on a sunny morning.

On July 22, Sirbaz Khan reached the summit of K2 for the second time. Picture: Facebook

If Khan is successful, Gasherbrum I will be his 12th 8,000’er. Then he will go to Nanga Parbat with Mingma G.

Khan hadn’t planned to climb K2 a second time, but changed his mind after the sad loss of Ali Raza Sadpara a few months ago. Ali Raza was supposed to direct Naila Kiani. When he died in a climbing accident, Khan took his place at the helm of the team.

Meanwhile, Sheroze Kashif, Sajid Sadpara and his cousin, Imtiaz Sadpara have teamed up and will try to rise to the top as a trio.

Young Naila Kiani holds a sponsor banner somewhere on the rocky Baltoro Glacier.

Naila Kiani. Photo: Instagram

Notes on recent 14×8000m quests:

Kristin Harila, Pasdawa Sherpa and Dawa Ongchu reached the 11th summit of their 14×8000 speed quest in 106 days. They started with Annapurna on April 28. In an Instagram post this week, Nirmal Purja downplayed Harila’s potential achievement, which caused a backlash on Reddit.

Gasherbrum I is Grace Tseng’s 12th 8,000′.

Nima Gyalzen says Gasherbrum I marks the successful completion of her 8,000m list. However, 8000ers.com columnist Eberhard Jurgalski pointed out to ExplorersWeb that (like 3,200 other climbers) Gyalzen never reached the true summit of Manaslu. He also offered no evidence that he had reached the peak of Shishapangma. See the updated 14×8000m summit chart here.

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