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

Unfavourable Conditions Stalls Summit Attempt for Moro and Urubko

Nanga Parbat base camp 4230m -16 C°

Today was supposed to be the last day of rest and tomorrow the planned departure for Denis and Simone to begin the planned one week stretch of climb to attempt the summit. But as it is ultimately important to have the right weather conditions, the team must now wait a few more days as the forecast for the next days is not favourable.

In a message from base camp, the team said;

“Karl Gabl, our weather guru in Innsbruck, should have authorized us to go. Unfortunately the forecast is not good and only two days of good weather is expected, following with snow and wind up to 140km/h at 8000mt altitude. So we will have to wait and it looks like we have to wait for a while.”

Story: Simone Moro/ Denis Urubko
Photo: Matteo Zanga