Paul Hegge becomes first Belgian to climb K2

A 51-year-old man from Alken in Limburg province has become the first Belgian ever to climb the world’s second highest mountain K2. Paul Hegge reached the summit of the mountain that is in the border between Pakistan and China at 5am Belgian time on Saturday, Belgium’s National Day.

The mountain is considered to be the most difficult to climb in the world. The news of Paul Hegge’s achievement appeared on the website of the newspaper ‘Het Belang van Limburg’ and has been confirmed by a number of specialised mountaineering sites.

Paul Hegge is an executive with the private rail freight operator Lineas. He spends his free time climbing mountains the world over.

Two years ago he successfully climbed the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest. It was then that he decided that would climb K2. Although, K2 is not as high as Mount Everest (8,611 metres as opposed to 8,848). Nevertheless, it is considered to be more difficult to climb as is known as the “Killer Mountain”.

Paul Hegge was well-prepared for the climb and was the only Belgian in a 7-person international expedition to climb the K2.

The expedition has now started its descent.