Outfitter Apricot tours confirms that all members are going home. Moreover, they report that five members of the expedition were airlifted by two helicopters “on a rescue mission” and are now safely back to Skardu. No names were provided, but two Nepalis, Shirbaz Khan of Pakistan and the liason officer were reportedly leaving Base Camp on foot.

An Instagram post by John Snorri blames unrealistic expectations and team disagreements about the challenge ahead.

Lesson to learn: Winter K2 tests all members of a team. Familiarity with each other and agreed-upon expectations are vital. Photo: John Snorri

“Summiting K2 in winter is a formidable task that necessitates all team members being fully prepared, both mentally and physically…Mingma G of Nepal and Ga Li of China have both expressed that they don’t feel fully prepared…[for] personal reasons,” Snorri (rather bitterly) stated.

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Think the seriously scale of k2 in winter was underestimated by at least some of the team, if not all.

Seriously , you were going for something which never happens till date but talking about approach , that was very unprofessional no homework and plans

Some of team members never sumitted K2 and they were on the winter expedition this shows they didnt do homework.

Exactly. Their comments when they got to base camp that its “extremely cold and lots of snow” made me wonder if they are on their first winter expedition.

Have a look at the last year’s Alex’s winter expedition he came with full preparation had alrernative plans but he unfortunately didnt succeed. I was least interested in Minigma’s team expedition

Don’t you wish that Denis would Finally just knock this puppy off once and for all…..or is it just me?

They’re off back down to BC tomorrow as Don Bowie is sick. Maybe they (or just Denis) will try for the summit another time.

I think Denis is going up again. He doesn’t give up easily, and going solo he can move fast. I’m sure his main priority now is getting Don back down safely, then we will see.

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