Alex Tkikon, Ali Sadpara, Simone Moro, and Tamura Lunger are in the middle of what could be a historic summit push. Yesterday we reported that they had reached Camp 3 on the mountain after waiting out high winds in C2 the day before. Today come word that the group has continued upward on schedule, and have now reached Camp 4 at 7100 meters (23,293 ft). This sets up a potential final summit push possibly as early as tomorrow.
All four members of the team have now spent weeks on Nanga Parbat, which is one of just two 8000-meter peaks that remain unclimbed during the winter season. There has been some doubt as to whether or not they were acclimatized enough to successfully go up to such a high altitude, but so far the four members of the squad seem to be moving efficiently despite the thin air.
If all goes according to plan, and the weather continues to hold, the team could attempt to reach the summit as early as tomorrow. They appear to be currently planning to do just that, having set up camp at a point that would give them a chance to have a go at the top following a very long day of climbing. It appears as if conditions are as good as they have been all year, which means we could see history made this weekend.
For now, we'll just have to wait and watch to see if this talented team can actually succeed where so many others have failed. There is still a long way to go before they top out, and we all know that the weather can change quickly. But there is cautious optimism surroundings this current summit push, which could very well be the final one of this winter season.
I'll post updates as we get them. Stay tuned for more soon.