Islamabad – Pakistani officials said they suspended all winter climbs that came into effect soon after three climbers went missing while trying to scale K2 in bad weather in northern Pakistan. Mountaineering officials said Wednesday.
Development began after Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadopara, Iceland’s John Sunori, and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mall lost contact with the base camp on Saturday. Their support team has not been contacted by the 8,611-meter (28,250-foot) K2, the second highest mountain in the world, sometimes referred to as the “Killer Mountain.”
Karlar Haidri, head of the Pakistan Alpine Club, said bad weather prevented him from resuming search and rescue operations for the second consecutive Wednesday.
He said about 20 climbers from various countries who were trying to expand K2 were returning to base camp after an immediate suspension of the winter expedition.
Located in the Karakorum Mountains, K2 is one of the most dangerous climbs. It wasn’t achieved in winter until last month when a team of 10 Nepalese climbers scaled it to make history.
Bad weather has plagued the search. It was stopped on Monday as heavy clouds covered most of the K2. Since then, helicopters have been unable to fly as hopes for the survival of missing climbers have diminished, Hydori said.
He said authorities were meeting Wednesday to decide how to handle the situation in the face of continued bad weather. In K2, winds can blow above 200 kph (125 mph) and temperatures can drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit).
One of the deadliest climbers to date, 11 people died in a single day trying to scale K2 in 2008. Only miracles can bring climbers back to life.
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Pakistan suspends winter climbing after three climbers go missing
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