Nanga Parbat
Winter Expedition
the mountain
the expedition

the team's
from basecamp
to Summit

over 5000 mt

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth, the second highest mountain in Pakistan with a summit elevation of 8,125 meters.
Nanga Parbat means "Naked Mountain" and it's also called the "Killer Mountain", Nanga Parbat was known to be one of the deadliest of the eight-thousand meter mountains; It is a dramatic peak that rises far above its surrounding terrain, and no one has ever reached the summit in Winter.

  • - 1895 First attempt (A. Mummery)
  • - 1953 Nanga Parbat first climb along Rakiot Face, Herman Buhl in a solo summit push.
  • - 1962 Second climb on Diamir Face (Kinshofer)
  • - 1970 Reinhold and Gùnter Messner climbed the Rupal face and descent the Diamir face
  • - 1978 Solo climb of a new route along the Diamir face (Reinhold Messner)
  • - 2005 New route in alpine style Rupal face (S.House e V. Anderson)


After their first winter ascents of Gasherbrum II, The North Face® Expedition Team is getting ready for the next project: the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat 8125 meters.
This Expedition will feature only Simone Moro and Denis Urubko without Cory Richards; the third of the trio on the last GII winter ascent.

The aim of the expedition is to realize the first winter ascent of Nagna Parbat 8125 meters, a mountain also known with the name of "killer mountain" due to the difficulties and the tragedies happened during the attempts to conquer the summit between 1930 and 1953. Also after that years a lot of fatalities involved alpinists of different nationalities on Nanga Parbat.
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Nanga Parbat

One Year Annivesary of the First Winter Ascent on GII; The Boys Celebrate

Nanga Parbat Base camp. -9°C.

One year ago Denis, Cory and Simone reached the summit of Gasherbum II… making history; by achieving the first ever winter accent on the Gasherbrum II.

Today is a special day for the boys at base camp, on one hand, they await a good weather window to attempt the first winter accent of Nanga Parbat and on the other hand they celebrate their success on GII. Stoked with memories from last year, they share their feeling In their daily update from base camp:

“What a moment.. today we celebrate, and even though Cory is not with us this year, Denis and myself are together with our most desired goal, Nanga Parbat.

The sky is a bit cloudy and today should be last day of good weather according to the forecast. The Pakistan sherpas arrived today with food and fuel, but bringing also some cigarettes for cooks and the staff.

The route we set up yesterday was really useful for their path. We gave them poles to move better on the way back. In fact they are carrying back to the warehouse an out of order generator and some material we won’t use anymore”.

Story: Simone/ Denis
Photos: Matteo Zanga