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Ever since I embarked on my Himalayan climbing journey, K2 has been a lofty dream that has continuously beckoned me. Throughout this journey, my mind has been filled with vivid aspirations, with particular sections of the climb standing out as vivid dreamscape destinations. The Chimney, the enigmatic Black Pyramid, and the notorious Bottle Neck are the coveted segments that have fueled my deepest climbing desires. These are the precipitous challenges that I yearn to conquer, and they serve as the focal points of my K2 aspirations.

The summit push began immediately after my descent from Broad Peak. I was mentally prepared for a potentially slow climb, understanding the importance of not pushing too hard.

We set out at 02:00 on the 25th of July. Our ascent to Camp 2 (C2) was surprisingly swift, and I experienced the best sleep I’d ever had during my climbing endeavors. It was reassuring to witness the resilience of the human body in such challenging conditions.

The following day, we pressed on towards Camp 3 (C3). Despite less-than-ideal weather, those two days were marked by their sheer beauty, from climbing on the House of Chimney climb to navigating the treacherous Black Pyramid, which featured a daunting mix of steep rock and ice. Even though we were constantly tied to ropes, the physical exertion, especially with our heavy gear, presented an ongoing challenge.
At C3, we took a few precious hours to rest before embarking on the final summit push. We anxiously awaited updates from the team responsible for fixing ropes and received positive news regarding their progress. I’ve always sought signs or moments that affirm my decision to continue, and as I stepped out of my tent, ready to ascend, I was greeted by a shooting star. It was a profound moment, reinforcing my belief that this endeavor would ultimately end in success.

And so, we embarked on the ascent. The climbing itself wasn’t exceptionally difficult; it was mainly an upward journey with some traversing until we reached C4. The challenge persisted, though, and just before the formidable Bottle Neck, we paused and waited for over an hour. During this time, two avalanches descended upon us from above. Those behind me were showered with snow, while I, positioned higher up, could only feel the cold and occasional snowflakes. As we waited, confusion mounted. Lights and movement up ahead hinted at something happening, but the details remained elusive.

Eventually, we resumed our climb. The Bottle Neck itself was a sight to behold, an awe-inspiring ice wall that left my body trembling and my heart racing. It was almost surreal to stand in its midst. After taking a few cautious steps along a narrow trail, with a sheer drop on one side and a 200-meter ice wall on the other, we encountered Pakistani porter M.A. and two others attempting to rescue him. They urged us to continue, as they were focused on assisting him back down. Progress along the Bottle Neck was slow and challenging, as only one person could traverse it at a time.
The remainder of the climb felt tedious and protracted, with our group trailing behind the fixing team. One nerve-wracking moment occurred just above the Bottle Neck, on an ice slope adorned with numerous ropes from past years, making it uncertain which were still reliable. Despite my apprehension, I followed the lead of the group.
Reaching the summit was an indescribably beautiful moment. Emotions overwhelmed me, making it nearly impossible to capture the experience in photos or videos without shedding tears. I felt an unparalleled sense of strength and clarity, fully aware of the significance of my presence at that moment. It was a magical, unforgettable culmination of many years of pursuing this monumental dream—finally, K2 was conquered. K2, forever the mighty mountain, etched its place in my heart.