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In powerful video, Nepal climbers take final steps together to summit K2



New Delhi: Nirmal Purja made a promise earlier this month: It will be the Nepalese climbing community that completes what is deemed one of the most daring mountaineering feats – reaching the summit of Mount K2 in winter.

On January 16, he was part of one of the two Nepali teams that converged a mere 10 metres ahead of the 28,251-foot mountain’s peak. From there on, there was no individual – only the Nepali, the Nepali national anthem, and the Nepali national flag – as the team achieved the unthinkable.  

 

“No individual agendas, no individual greed but only solidarity and joint force of Team Nepal Flag of Nepal with a shared vision,” Mr Purja, a former elite British Army soldier of Nepalese origin, posted on Twitter and Instagram, sharing a video of the last leg of their climb.

The legendary Nepali climbers have for decades assisted those from other parts of the world achieve several mountaineering feats in the Himalayas. Seldom were they themselves celebrated.  

The combined team, of which Mr Purja, who goes by the moniker Nimsdai on social media, was a part on January 16, made history in that sense. (NDTV)