More climbing teams bound for Pakistan
While the teams for K2 are not yet confirmed, there are two further expeditions who have applied for a climbing permit on two 8000ers: A 7 member Australian team led by Terence Tremble will attempt Broad Peak, while an 8 member Spanish expedition led by Juanjo Garra will attempt Gasherbrum II.
Beyond the 8000ers
The less famous peaks finally seem to be getting some attention this year. K7, a 6934m high mountain rising above the Charakusa Valley has caught the eye of British David Roy Lampard and three other climbers who will attempt the peak this spring.
Meanwhile, a Canadian team has applied for a permit to climb a mountain in the same area, K6 (7282 m). However, American Steve House was denied a climbing permit for the same peak earlier this year given it is located in a restricted area.
Finally, a Japanese team led by Tobita Kazuo has applied to climb the rarely frequented Kunyang Chhish (7852m).
Climbing season in the Pakistan mountains falls within the Northern hemisphere’s summer. Teams for Nanga Parbat usually set off in May-June, while expeditions on K2 may reach the summit as late as September.
In addition to the expeditions listed, the big commercial expedition outfitters will soon finalize their Karakorum expedition teams. Most likely the Gasherbrums and Nanga Parbat will both have guided teams in 2006. Australian outfitter Field Touring Alpine confirmed a few weeks ago that they are launching a large team for the Broad Peak/K2 double-header.
Expedition's application list from Pakistan Ministry of tourism, courtesy of Saltoro Summits.
Autor: Saltoro Summits
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