Islamabad, Pakistan: All contacts are lost with Muhammad Ali Sadpara, a skilled mountaineer who became the first Pakistani to summit K2 (8,611 metres) in winter, reports DND News Agency.
“According to the Alpine Club of Pakistan, they lost contact with Sadpara and his companions including John Snorri and Juan Pablo Mohr on the night of February 5.”
“Ali Sadpara from Pakistan, John Snorri from Iceland and Juan Pablo from Chile are still missing on the K-2 mountain expedition,” confirmed officials of Skardu.
The rescue and search team of the Pakistan Army using helicopters have been making multiple passes at K2 in extremely challenging weather as high as 7000 meters but unfortunately so far have not spotted anyone.
Pakistan Army helicopters are circulating all around as there has not been any contact with Ali Sadpara and his team members from the past 32 hours. According to information, available helicopters have not detected any movement yet.
Muhamad Ali Sadpara, born in 1976 is a Pakistani mountaineer and he was a member of the team which successfully achieved the first-ever winter summit on naked and killer mountain Nanga Parbat in 2016.
He has successfully climbed four eight-thousanders summits in a calendar year and a total of eight in his career.
Ali Sadpara and John Snorri reached the summit of K-2 on Feb 5, 2021, and shared photos of their success having the Pakistani flag in his hands. Since then, he lost contact with base-camp.
The scaling K-2 in winter started on January 24, 2021 and several attempts were made till February 3, 2021 but bad weather compelled the team to go back to Camp-4. They again attempted and reached the summit on February 5 morning.
Pak Army Helicopters & their brave pilots have been making multiple passes at K2 in extremely challenging weather as high as 7000 meters & unfortunately so far have not spotted anyone. We need all the prayers for Ali Sadpara, Snorri & Mohr. #K2winter #K2WinterExpedition pic.twitter.com/LIFDKVXwj5
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) February 6, 2021