NEWS | Nimsdai & Team Summit the ‘Savage Mountain’ K2 in Winter

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On 16 January 2021 at 17.00 local time, Osprey Ambassador Nimsdai Purja MBE once again made the impossible, possible by reaching the summit of K2 in Winter.

Summit K2 in Winter

The superhuman mountaineer Nimsdai is amongst the first team to summit K2 in Winter, a feat regarded by many as not only impossible, but also one of the greatest and most difficult mountaineering challenges of all time. Brought together by the goal to summit K2 safely, Nimsdai and Mingma Gyabu Sherpa teamed up two other expeditions, Mingma Gyalje Sherpa’s team and Sona Sherpa from the Seven Summits Trek expedition.

Until today the impressive 8,611m K2 remained the only 8,000m peak unclimbed during the Winter season. Notorious amongst the climbing community, K2, the ‘Savage Mountain’, is incredibly difficult to climb even in favourable summers. Amongst the five highest peaks in the world, K2 is the deadliest of them all.

Despite K2 being a truly dangerous place in Winter, with winds reaching hurricane force, air temperatures well below -65 degrees and extremely low barometric pressure which means even less oxygen, Nimsdai conquered the ‘Savage Mountain’.


Last year Osprey celebrated Nimsdai’s completion of Project Possible, summiting the world’s 14 highest mountains in 6 months and 6 days. The previous record was just shy of 8 years, making Nimsdai a true world record breaker.

Previous achievements show just what an incredible force Nimsdai is; an extraordinary mountaineer who, because of his training, mindset and sheer determination, is capable of achieving things beyond even the most experienced climber. By conquering K2 in Winter, Nimsdai Purja rewrites climbing history once more.

“What a journey. I’m humbled to say that as a team, we have summited the magnificent K2 in extreme winter conditions. We set out to make the impossible possible and we are honoured to be sharing this moment, not only with the Nepalese climbing community but with communities all across the world. Mother Nature always has bigger things to say and standing on the summit, witness to the sheer force of her extremities, we are proud to have been a part of history for humankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible. Thank you for the support we’ve received from people all around the globe, it gave us fire in our chest to make this goal a reality.”, saysNimsdai Purja, Osprey Ambassador. 

Gary Burnand, Head of Marketing at Osprey Europe, adds: 

“Today we have seen Nimsdai rewriting climbing history once more, and from everyone at Osprey I would personally like to congratulate Nimsdai and teams on such an incredible accomplishment.

Climbing K2 in Winter is not only one of the greatest but also toughest mountaineering challenge of all time and Nimsdai with his sheer determination, mental and physical strength was able to succeed in his mission. This really acts as inspiration for us all given the limitations many of us are under.”

Osprey packs

Nimsdai has relied on Osprey’s industry-leading technical packs during his toughest climb to date, including the brand-new Talon Pro backpack as well as the Transporter gear hauling duffel series. Designed to be carried into extreme outdoor environments, the leading-edge Talon Pro is the culmination of relentless innovation.

The Ultra-Molecular Polyethylene PFC free fabric provides extreme durability whilst an injection moulded backpanel ensures hyper-stability and comfort.

The Talon Pro is part of Osprey’s innovative Spring 2021 collection – available from February ’21. The ultimate pack for when you want to be fast and light. 

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