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Nepalese climbers return home after historic winter summit of K2 mountain
A team of climbers from Nepal that made the first winter ascent of K2 received a warm welcome upon returning home on January 26, 2021. The 10 Nepalese climbers reached the summit of the world’s second highest mountain on January 16, climbing to an altitude of 8,611m (28,251ft).

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, standing at 8,611m. Although it is smaller than Everest, it is a far harder climb. The high death to summit ratio has earned it the nickname “The Savage Mountain”. Climbing K2 in winter was considered one of the last great firsts in mountaineering. This year, it attracted a host of teams, including the likes of Colin O’Brady, famed for his exploits in Antarctica.

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