Slovenian Mountaineer Challenges the K2 Peak

The famous Slovenian mountaineer Davo Karničar is going to become the world’s first mountain climber who will manage to conquer Chhogori or K2 (8,611 meters above sea level), which is the second highest peak in the world located in the Karakoram Range on the China-Pakistan border. He also intends to use skis for schussing, which no one has previously managed to do. The famous Slovenian mountaineer and thrill-seeker is best known for his successful ascent to the most difficult eight thousand meters high mountains such as Annapurna, Eiger, Matterhorn, and such Slovenian peaks as Triglav, Jalovec and Špik. In 2000, he conquered Everest—the highest mountain in the world.

It took Karničar more than 10 years to prepare for Chhogori storming. He assures that he is in good physical and psychological shape. On 14 June, Davo Karničar together with his partner Boris Repnik and journalist David Stropnik flew to Pakistan. Later, Doctor Nejc Korinčič will join them. In Karakorum, a group of four Pakistani mountain climbers will join their expedition as well.

K2 remains the only eight thousand high mountain in the world, which has not yet been conquered by man in winter. The success of Davo Karničar on the peak, which is considered the most dangerous for climbing among all eight-thousand metres peaks, will be an important milestone in the history of mountaineering. “K2 has special climbing conditions,” says Davo Karničar. “I am powerless against the will of nature. I can only believe and hope that luck will smile on me.” After climbing to the top, Davo Karničar plans to descend on skis and get to the main camp in 4 hours.

“I am grateful to all sponsoring organizations for participating in the project—Tuš, Elan, Slatnar Carbon, Alpini, Cargo-partnerj, Intersocks, and others. Nevertheless, I see that there are still a number of unresolved issues that previously seemed to me insignificant,” Davo Karničar said before the flight. The mountaineer worries that he still has no information on the cost of official permits, which he will have to pay for in Pakistan. “I guess I’m missing about 10–15 thousand euros. It would be great if someone else agreed to join the project, while I for my part could also help this person somehow,” Davo Karničar said on the eve of his trip.