Spanish mountaineer Sergi Mingote has actually passed away while climbing up K2, the world’s second-highest top, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez revealed Saturday.
“Sad death of Sergi Mingote at K2,” Sanchez tweeted. “He wanted to continue making history by being part of the first expedition to crown this mountain in the middle of winter and a tragic accident has ended his life. A big hug for the loved ones of this great athlete.”
K2, part of the Karakoram Range that straddles the Pakistan-China border, is the second-highest mountain on the planet at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet.
A post on Mingote’s authorities Instagram account stated: “Rest in peace Sergi. Today you start a new climb.”
Just a day previously, the mountaineer had actually shared a post revealing that he was on day 27 of his climb and had actually reached 7,000 meters.
Chhang Dawa Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who is leading the K2 winter season exploration, stated on Instagram that Mingote “suddenly fell down.”
“We [were] informed by unexpected movement on his GPS tracker and could see he made a big fall, members at the site quickly confirmed the accident, but couldn’t do much to help him anymore,” Sherpa stated.
A ‘Savage Mountain’
K2 lies within the Karakoram Range, house to the best concentration of high mountains on the planet.
The peak is renowned amongst mountaineers for its trouble and has actually been bestowed the name “Savage Mountain” as an ode to its unforgiving nature.
Compared to the more than 4,000 individuals that have actually climbed up Mount Everest the world’s highest mountain at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet just 350 individuals had actually based on K2’s peak since 2018 because it was very first topped in 1954.
While couple of have actually summited K2, a minimum of 77 individuals have actually passed away trying the climb.
A group of 10 Nepali climbers on Saturday arrived of K2 marking the very first time the top has actually been climbed up throughout the winter, according to the exploration organizer Seven Summit Treks.
K2 was the only mountain over 8,000 meters that had actually not been summited in winter season.
“The impossible is made possible,” Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja, an ex-British Special Forces soldier, stated on his authorities Instagram account after he and his group achieved the uncommon accomplishment. “History made for mankind. History made for Nepal,” he composed.
“We are proud to have been a part of history for mankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible,” Purja stated.