K2: acclimatization, base camp and the trek out


2015 turned out to be a terrible year for the Karakoram, with no summits on K2, only two on the much easier Broad Peak, and a few on the Gasherbrums, the complete opposite of last year. We acclimatized slightly above Camp II on the Black Pyramid, around 6800m, coming down on July 17th. Unfortunately, we never really got the weather window we needed for a proper summit push, and the very high temperatures degraded the route, leading to very high avalanche and rockfall danger. The high point on the mountain was reached by the very strong Swiss team of Mike Horn, Fred Roux and Köbi Reichen, at 7500m on the Cesen ridge.

Once it was clear we couldn’t summit, the focus switched to getting home, not an easy task from deep in the Baltoro. Logistical snafus, long treks on blistered feet, hair rising jeep rides and cancelled flights ensued repeatedly until, on August 4th, I finally managed to board a plane back to Chamonix.

Quite an adventure it has been! Enjoy some of my favourite images from the trip.


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