Less than two weeks after bagging another world’s first ski descent, Red Bull athlete Andrzej Bargiel is at it again, this time on 20,000-foot Laila Peak in the Karakoram.
Yesterday we managed to take advantage of the short weather window, and we are delighted together with @jedrekbaranowski that we have reached the Laila Peak summit. The mountain is exceptional, and even though we did not manage to get down from the very top, it was a piece of skiing adventure for both of us. Additionally, it is the first Polish ascent to Laila Peak! 🇵🇱 Grab the movie with a ski descent ⛷
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The second goal of the Karakoram Ski Expedition achieved! Today around 1:00 pm local time we reached Laila Peak summit together with Jędrek Baranowski and then we skied down to the base. We had to leave ski equipment below the summit, because of difficult conditions, so we couldn’t make ski descent from the top but skied down from 150 meters below the top. The photo shows another face of Laila Peak in the Hushe Valley from our base camp side.
Bargiel is most famous for the world’s first ski descent of K2.
Laila Peak is a mountain in Hushe Valley near Gondogoro Glacier in the Karakoram range. Located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, it has an elevation of 6,096 metres (20,000 ft). Laila Peak has a distinctive spear-like shape and its northwest face has a slope of 45 degrees in more than 1500 vertical metres.
It has been climbed by Simon Yates, among others. According to the local people in Hushe, Laila Peak has been climbed only twice, a total of only seven people have summited.