K2 Helicopter to search for three missing climbers in winter Pakistan

Officials say an aerial search was conducted to find three experienced climbers who lost contact with the base camp during the winter ascent of 2 of the world’s second-highest mountains.

Celebrated Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara and his two companions, Ice Senori of Iceland and John Pablo Moher of Chile, lost contact with the base camp late on Friday and their rescue team on Saturday. Was reported missing after refraining from receiving reports during.

Located in the Karakoram range, K2 is 8,611-meters (28,250 feet) high and is one of the most dangerous climbs in the world, sometimes called “Killer Mountain”. Last month, a team of 10 Nepali climbers became the first to climb their summit in winter.

Carr Haideri, an official with the Pakistan Alpine Club, said: “After 8,000 meters to the base camp, there was no sign from Sadpara and its foreign allies; the search is on and let’s pray for their repatriation.”

Ali Sadpara
Ali Sadpara Photo: AP

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Iceland’s foreign minister, Guillaume Thor Thordson, had spoken by telephone with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Qureshi assured him that Pakistan would spare no effort in searching for the missing climbers.

A month after the first attempt to scale the mountain failed due to bad weather, Sadpara and his team left base camp on February 3.

Although climber Everest is 237 meters long, it is much farther north than K2 and is subject to bad weather conditions, according to climbers. “Winter climbs are especially dangerous due to unexpected and rapid changes in weather conditions,” he said.

Winter winds at K2 can reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour and temperatures can drop to -60C. In one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents, 11 climbers were killed in a single day in 2008 while trying to scale K2.

Haidari said Sajpara, son of Sadpara, had returned safely to the base camp after a malfunction in the oxygen regulator at 8,000 meters. He was aboard a rescue helicopter on Sunday.

Haidari noted Sadpara’s experience as a climber who has climbed eight of the world’s highest mountains.

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