State Honored Athlete G.Usukhbayar started his climb to Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori (8,611 meters) in Pakistan, the second highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest, on June 16.
To date, no Mongolian mountaineers have ever successfully reached the summit of Mount Godwin-Austen, or K2.
As of June 26, mountaineer G.Usukhbayar reached the K2 camp to join up with other mountaineers to start his journey.
G.Usukhbayar is the second Mongolian mountaineer to attempt to climb K2, which is also known as the Savage Mountain due to its extreme difficulty of ascent. State Honored Athlete B.Gangaamaa attempted to climb to the summit of K2 in 2013 and stopped climbing after reaching 7,000 meters.
K2 has the second highest fatality rate among mountains. With around 300 successful summits and 77 fatalities, at least one person dies on the mountain for every four climbers.
G.Usukhbayar gave a brief interview during his climb via a satellite phone.
You reached Askol Village on June 20 and started climbing K2 from there. Can you tell us about your journey as of June 26?
I have been climbing and walking to K2 for seven days. During these seven days, I prepared for the upcoming tough climbing. In the morning of June 26, I came to the camp to join with other climbers.
Can you tell us about the weather condition there?
The weather condition isn’t good here. We are experiencing a snowstorm. This snowstorm is expected to continue for six to seven days. We made changes to o
ur plan because of the weather. We will wait here until the weather is better. Actually, I was planning climb K2 and establish camp No.1 at the 6,000-meter point of K2. The current camp is at 5,000 meters above sea level.
How many mountaineers are there at the camp?
I am staying with four international mountaineering teams. I don’t know the exact number of the mountaineers.
You didn’t join an international team. Are you facing difficulties?
It is okay. I came here with my cook, baggage carrier and two other partners. I will meet the other foreign mountaineers today.