Search called off for mountaineers missing on K2 after 13 days

Search called off for mountaineers missing on K2 after 13 days

The climbers have been declared dead

THE authorities in Pakistan have declared three mountaineers missing on K2 for 13 days dead.

The rescue operation, which had already been stopped due to bad weather, has now been called off.

The climbers who were trying to conquer the second highest mountain in the world, 8,611 metres high, are Chilean Juan Pablo Mohr, Icelandic John Snorri and Pakistani Ali Sadpara.

The Minister for Tourism, Sports, Culture and Archaeology, Raja Nasir Ali Khan and the Pakistani climber’s son, Sajid, announced the end of the rescue operation at a press conference. Sajid said he believed they had made it to the top and then suffered an accident coming down.

The climbers disappeared on February 5 and had not been heard from since. The day after their disappearance, a rescue operation with Army helicopters was launched. Khan said that the search for the bodies would continue.

Spaniard Sergi Mingote, died in January after an accident, and Bulgarian mountaineer Atanas Georgiev Skatov, also died after a fall this month on K2.

Only 377 climbers have ever reached the second highest peak in the world and 88 have died in the attempt since the Italian Achille Compagnoni achieved the first ascent in 1954. K2 was the only one of the 14 eight-thousand that had not been crowned in winter, something considered the last great challenge and was achieved this year.

On January 16, ten Nepalese mountaineers reached the summit of K2 together.

They were named as Nirmal Purja, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzing Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Tempba Sherpa, Mingma G, Dawa Tenjin Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa.

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