Hansjorg Auer has made the first ascent of the west face of Lupghar Sar West, a 7,181-metre peak in the Karakorum, Pakistan, after climbing solo for a number of day.
His ascent came after a long approach where some of his supplies were drop from a cliff by a porter.
“This ascent is very unique to me, because I was dreaming of it for the last four years,” said Auer.
“I always wanted to know how it feels to be alone in high altitude and I’m happy that I made this experience.”
He spent three nights at 6,000 metres acclimatizing near the southwest ridge of La Rochele near Lupghar Sar West.
He waited for a weather window and once that came he spent a few days climbing the massive alpine face.
He reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. local time yesterday after climbing a route up the left side of the face.
He dedicated his climb to his late fried Gerhard “Gerry” Fiegl who died on their climb on Nilgiri Süd, Nepal, in 2015.
▲ Lupghar Sar Solo Expedition ▲ I climbed the Westface of Lupghar Sar West for the first time. This ascent is very unique to me, because I was dreaming of it for the last 4 years. I always wanted to know how it feels to be alone in high altitude. And I’m happy that I made this experience. #NeverStopExploring 🏔: Lupghar Sar 🌍: Pakistan 🇵🇰 📸: @hansjoergauer