For the first time in history, two professional paragliders have flown close to the summit of K2 – the second-highest mountain on Earth. The Belgian and Spanish paragliders Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens, respectively, captured never-before-seen views of the K2 on camera.
Champions of acro-paragliding, Llorens and de Dorlodot, were accompanied on their daring trip by their friend Rámon Morillas, when the trio embarked on a journey nobody would dare to. Now that their mission has been accomplished, both daring men have come forward with their own film, Flying Between Giants, that shows the marvels of this world. The documentary was shot by the athletes themselves high above the Karakorum.
The two paragliders initially made the flight in July 2022, but the video of the trip has just been released. Both men made a base camp at Baltoro Glacier, 10,000 feet above sea level, and practiced short safe flights there for a period of 4 weeks. This was followed by a dozen 60-mile flights lasting between 5-6 hours because flying at 28,251 feet was a huge risky challenge.
During the flight by K-2, they went up to a height of 24,858 feet but could not reach the summit. The pair spent four weeks on the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range, making several 100km flights in their quest.
Talking about the project, Dorlodot said, “This kind of footage has never been seen before. To shoot this quality even five years ago would not have been possible,” he says.
“Going from 5,000m to 8,000m in an hour is extreme,” says de Dorlodot.
“It was just us – no camera crew of helicopters helping out – they don't even go above 6,000m in this part of the world!”
“These scenes will always be etched in my mind, it was the first time a K2 had been flown and recorded,” said Tom de Dorlodot.
"It really motivates me to try to open new lines and to do things that have never been done before,” Dorlodot says. “It’s like going to the bottom of the ocean for the first time.”
"A little raw taste of what’s flying at the Baltoro glacier!" Horacio Llorens tweeted.
A little raw taste of what’s flying at the Baltoro glacier! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/wfxLJd1str— Horacio Llorens (@HoracioLlorens) July 26, 2022
Two international paragliders, Tom and Horacio, created history by doing first ever paragliding flight around K2 and top peaks of Pakistan.
Video courtesy: RedBull media. pic.twitter.com/mkgXdZprzB— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) July 25, 2022
"Dorlodot and @acroracio became the first paragliding pilots to reach K2 and soar up its face to 7, 577 m," read another tweet.
Our athlete, @Tomdedorlodot and @acroracio became the first paragliding pilots to reach K2 and soar up its face to 7, 577 m ????????
Read more via ???? https://t.co/VhMB4kHMo4 #paragliding #extremesports #k2 #expedition #mountains #redbullxalps #redbullxalps2023 #adventurerace pic.twitter.com/7N2u4ZMYsm— Red Bull X-Alps (@RedBullXAlps) March 1, 2023
"Pilots make history by paragliding to #Pakistan's highest K2 mountain. For the first time ever, two paraglider pilots flew to #K2 & glided within 1,100 yards of the summit. They brought home never before seen views," stated another tweet.
Pakistan Watch: Pilots make history by paragliding to #Pakistan's highest K2 mountain.
For the first time ever, two paraglider pilots flew to #K2 & glided within 1,100 yards of the summit. They brought home never before seen views. pic.twitter.com/lsQfmuNCwL— South Asia Times (@SATimes_TV) March 2, 2023
Flying Between Giants
Paraglider pilots Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens flew past four of Pakistan's peaks in just one day, including K2, the world's second-highest mountain, in a spectacular high-altitude feat.
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Social media users lauded the paragliders for their courageous and adventurous feat.
It should be noted that the record for the highest paragliding in the world was made on another peak in Pakistan, Broad Peak when a paraglider from France reached a height of 27,582 feet in 2016.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 28, 2023 (Sunday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||381||384.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.6||36.95|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||176.98||178.98|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Karachi||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Islamabad||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Peshawar||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Quetta||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Sialkot||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Attock||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Gujranwala||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Jehlum||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Multan||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Gujrat||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Nawabshah||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Chakwal||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Hyderabad||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Nowshehra||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Sargodha||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Faisalabad||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Mirpur||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
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