Two German adventurers have become the first people to ever ascend to the top of the 6,465-metre-high Purbung peak in the Himalayas.
Nicolas Scheidtweiler, 45, who hails from the northern German city of Bremen, and Jost Kobusch, 29, who is from the eastern German city of Chemnitz in the state of Saxony, have become the first to conquer the challenging summit, according to German daily Bild.
Scheidtweiler, who, according to the German newspaper, works as a PR and marketing expert, has already scaled Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, and he said: “The Purbung was my biggest challenge.”
The duo set off on 12th November and arrived four days later at the base camp with 30 kilogrammes (66 lbs) of equipment on their backs, at 4,500 metres (14,764 feet) above sea level.
Scheidtweiler explained the challenge, saying: “We had to find the right way to the summit that nobody had discovered before.”
The men spent days scouting the mountain for the best possible route and began to ascend. By 30th November, the adventurers were only a few hundred metres from the summit, and Scheidtweiler said: “It was a steep climb up the glacier for a total of nine hours.
“I free-climbed over an abyss with ice axes. The summit became more and more pointy, we had to avoid deep crevasses.
“And then we did it. It was really awesome.”
The expedition took 22 days in total and, by the end of it, Scheidtweiler emotionally said: “After a first ascent, you can show your emotions. I don’t do it that often – to have achieved something for eternity.”
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