Written by Zarar Khan(*3*)
An aerial search was underway Sunday to seek out three skilled climbers who misplaced contact with base camp throughout their ascent of the world’s second highest mountain in northern Pakistan, officers mentioned.
Karrar Haideri, a prime official with the Alpine Membership of Pakistan, mentioned military helicopters resumed the search that started a day earlier for Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara and his two companions, John Snorri of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile.
The three misplaced contact with base camp late Friday and had been reported lacking Saturday after their assist group stopped receiving studies from them throughout their ascent of the 8,611-meter (28,250-foot) excessive K2 mountain.
“The bottom camp acquired no indicators from Sadpara and his international companions after 8,000 meters … . A search is on and let’s pray for their protected return house,” Haideri instructed The Related Press.
On Saturday, choppers flew to a top of seven,000 meters (23,000 ft) to attempt to find the lacking mountaineers with no success.
Pakistan’s international ministry issued an announcement saying Iceland’s international minister, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, by phone. Qureshi assured him that Pakistan will spare no effort in the search for the lacking mountaineers.
Sadpara and his group left their base camp on Feb. 3, a month after their first try to scale the mountain failed due to climate situations.?? Haideri mentioned Sadpara’s son, Sajid, had returned to the bottom camp safely after his oxygen regulator malfunctioned at 8,000 meters.
Haideri famous Sadpara’s expertise as a mountaineer who has climbed the world’s eight highest mountains, together with the best, Mount Everest, and was making an attempt to climb K2 in winter.
K2 is probably the most outstanding peak on the Pakistani facet of the Himalayan vary and the world’s second tallest after Mount Everest. Winter winds on K2 can blow at greater than 200 kph (125 mph) and temperatures drop to minus 60 levels Celsius (minus 76 Fahrenheit).
A group of 10 Nepalese climbers made historical past on Jan. 16 by scaling the K2 for the primary time in winter.