Winter expedition to Nanga Parbat 2011/2012: Moro and Urubko Reach Basecamp 4230mt.

Story: Simone Moro / Denis Urubko
Photos: Matteo Zanga

   NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP, 4230mt above sea level, -15°C

We finally reached base camp, now we won’t have to move all our equipment anymore, which we did up to now in a caravan of 61 porters. Today the fastest porters arrived in 2 hours, the last in 3. We paid them, and tipped them because they worked really well. Some of them were not the same porters as the first days because porters “sub-let” their work during the way up. So each day some men gave their cargo to other men, usually from the villages we crossed. Today I noticed some porters weren’t wearing the shoes I gave them on the first day.. they were walking with their feet wrapped in cloths.. in the snow!

    NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP _a caravan of 61 porters

NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP _a caravan of 61 porters

After getting their pay all the porters left except two of them, who decided they wanted to stay so they could get a warm meal and extra money.

In october I paid some porters asking them to come here and build four walls with rocks within which we could mount our tent. The walls were here today, and they were built greatly. These people are amazing.”

   NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP, 4230mt

Tomorrow and the day after we will stay in base camp so we will finish setting it. The generator and the modem work, and we now have light in the tent we use as kitchen.

   NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP, 4230mt – kitchen.

* Source : – http://www.thenorthfacejournal.com/moro-and-urubko-reach-nanga-parbat-basecamp-4230mt/

* Related Links : – winter-expedition

Winter 2011-12 Pakistan teams

Simone Moro blog
Denis Urubko blog
Matteo Zanga blog
Russian K2 winter expedition
Russian Climb
Polish GI winter team
Alex Txikon
Gerfried Göschl
Carlos Suarez blog

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