The peak is known as the ‘Savage Mountain’ for its punishing conditions [File: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters]

A team of Nepalese climbers made history by scaling the world’s second-highest peak – Pakistan’s K2 – in the winter season, a local Alpine Club official said, on the same afternoon a Spanish mountaineer fell and died lower down the perilous mountain.

The secretary of Pakistan’s Alpine Club, Karrar Haideri, said 10 Nepali sherpas reached the summit about 5pm (12:00 GMT) on Saturday.

“This was never done by anyone before in winter,” said Haideri.

At 8,611 metres (28,251 feet), K2 is the most prominent peak on the Pakistani side of the Himalayan range, and the world’s second tallest after Mount Everest.

“WE DID IT,” tweeted Seven Summit Treks,

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