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The Polish ski mountaineer, Andrzej Bargiel, has become the first person to ski down the mountain. It is a HUGE achievement. UPDATED



At 8,611m it is the second tallest mountain in the world and known as 'the savage mountain'.

He summitted K2 at 11:30am on Monday and reached the Base Camp at around 7:30pm local time.

His main sponsor has produced a video highlighting Andrzej Bargiel's achievement.

.... and then the 'gnarly' ski run down K2... it is a truly awesome spectacle to witness.

Watch his epic turns below via drone footage:

Previously he, along with his Polish partner Janusz Golab, had abandoned their expedition on Gasherbrum II, which was undertaken as a part of acclimatisation for the K2 Ski Challenge.

Extreme skiing success - the Bargiel lineExtreme skiing success - the Bargiel line















We have been following his progress on PlanetSKI.

It was his second attempt to ski K2, less than a year after having to abandon the mission and call it quits in 2017.

We have updated details further down this article.

"It is a major ski mountaineering achievement and one of the last great challenges," said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, who is currently in Chamonix.

"Many respected extreme skiers have tried and failed and as well as congratulating Andrzej our thoughts at this time also go out to those that have perished in the attempt in recent years."

One of those whose progress we followed closely was Fredrik Ericsson who died in 2010.

And James is in Chamonix with one of GB's most famous and respected climbers who has climbed K2.




For photos and videos from the top of K2 scroll through his Instagram photos in the link below.

The last video is this Instagram link is where Andrzej Bargiel clips his boots into his skis for the descent.

The video below posted by Andrzej Bargiel and his companion Marek Ogien, highlights the final preparations for the last leg of the K2 Challenge.

Andrzej Bargiel on skis on K2  (photo: Marek Ogien)Andrzej Bargiel on skis on K2 (photo: Marek Ogien)












Andrzej Bargiel on skis on K2 (photo: Marek Ogien)Andrzej Bargiel on skis on K2 (photo: Marek Ogien)




















(All photos Courtesy: Andrzej Bargiel and Marek Ogien)

Video footage below on the way up taken by Bartek Baragiel.


See below as we have reported on the progress of the expedition of Andrzej Bargiel as he sets out and prpeares for the challenge.

It is quite a tale.

Wednesday 18th July

Bargiel is right now on his way to base camp.

Check out this incredible footage from the second to last ski down from the acclimatisation point at 8,400m:


Monday 16th July

He's made the next step as planned, up the Abruzzi Spur to camp #4.

Bargiel reports back that the weather has been on the team's side and they are acclimatising well.

On 15th July they reached the 7,800m they intended.

And back to base camp.

Bargiel has reached 7,800mBargiel has reached 7,800m















Saturday 14th July

The plan is to climb the Abruzzi Spur and set up camp IV at around 7,800m.

@andrzejbargielOn Mission













@andrzejbargielK2 summit & ski mission




















Oh the scenery...

The Andrzej Bargiel team, including his brother Bartek, are giving us some of the most spectacular photos we've seen.

Check these, taken on a drone from 8,400m up:

Instagram @andrzejbargieldrone footage












Instagram @andrzejbargielK2 ski challenge images




















Monday 9th July

The team has been told by local sherpas that there hasn't been this much snowfall for 20 years.

The snow has prevented the crew from reaching Camp II but eventually they made it to the base under K2.

@andrzejbargielK2 crew















Instagram @andrzejbargielBargiel on his K2 mission



















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Friday 6th July

Heavy snow over several days meant the GII action finished and the team moved on, heading to K2 Basecamp to get going on the main goal.

The journey is pretty much hiking over cracked glacier so it's treacherous stuff (of course...)



































Tuesday 3rd July

It's a waiting game for the team.

Meanwhile Andrzej posted the following video on Facebook.

One of his team, Bartek Bargiel, captured the drone footage of a trek adjacent to the Baltoro Glacier that sits beneath Gasherbrum II.

The Baltoro Glacier, 63km in length, is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions.

Saturday 30th June/1st July:

Andrzej and his companion Janusz, are playing a long waiting game as conditions are too difficult to pursue their goal.

He said, "We spent a night in C1 (5900m.) on Gasherbrum II, but due to serious snowfall we had to get back to basecamp".

The duo are waiting for conditions to improve.

However as conditions remain inclement and a window of opportunity is remote, on Sunday they decide to pack up and head back to Camp 1.

He said, "Together with Janusz we are heading again to Camp 1. Thanks everyone for support! Have a nice sunday!"

Packing up to return to Camp 1Packing up to return to Camp 1

















Spending the night on C1 at 5900mSpending the night on C1 at 5900m















Wednesday 27th June:   Andrzej Bargiel is about to head off for Gaszerbrumie II camp...

27th June Bargiel (in blue)27th June Bargiel (in blue)
















25th June 2018:

The 25th June photo below shows the team arrived at the base of Gasherbrum II where Bargiel and co. will acclimatise at a height of 5,000m.

The weather is good and the remperature stands at 10 degrees celcius at the Gasherbrum II base camp.

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Instagr @andrzejbargielEnd of Day 2 Trekking














On 18th June he was heading to the Karakorum mountain range - that spans the borders of Pakistan, India, and China - to try once again to become the first person to complete a ski descent of K2.

His first attempt last year to summit and ski the world's second highest peak ended weeks in to the expedition due to high avalanche and rockfall risks.

Read more on the mission here, as PlanetSKI reported last year:

"Sometimes you gotta lose the battle to win the war," Bargiel said after having to abandon the mission just a year ago.

Already he is back.

This time round before attempting K2 he intends to acclimatize by climbing and descending on skis the Gasherbrum II.

This is the most accessible and lowest altutide of the Karakorum 8,000-metre peaks.

Bargiel is a seasoned extreme athlete who has previously skied Shisapangma and Broad Peak.

Andrzej Bargiel InstagramAndrzej Bargiel Instagram post, 13th June 2018




















"I'm leaving for Karakoram on Friday [15th June]," Bargiel writes on his Instagram page.

"My goal is to complete the #K2SkiChallenge project, which is a ski reunion with K2 - the second highest peak on Earth - 8,611m..."

Yesterday, Bargiel posted that he and his team are leaving Skardu for a village named Askole where a 5-day trek through Baltoro Glacier will begin. Instagram @AndrzejBargielBargiel at last stop in Pakistan before the Karakorum


















K2 is called the 'savage mountain'.

Mountaineers have tried to descend K2 with fatal consequences.

Italian adventurer Hans Kammerlander had to turn around 400m from the summit during his attempt in 2001 after witnessing a Korean climber fall to his death.

Swedish ski-mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson died in 2010 after a fall near the infamous bottleneck section.

"Somebody will do it, but he'll need a lot of ability and a whole lot of luck..." Kammerlander has stated.

Keep checked in for Bargiel's journey as we here at PlanetSKI keep a very keen eye on his attempt to conquer K2, the unbeaten mountain on skis.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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