Little more hope for the three missing mountaineers on K2

The three alpinists Juan Pablo Mohr, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and John Snorri have been missing since Friday, February 5, 2021. Two reconnaissance flights after the three alpinists were unsuccessful.

The rescue operation for the three alpinists from Chile, Pakistan and Iceland started on February 6th and continued this Sunday. Today there were several flights by Pakistani army helicopters to K2, which took the Abruzzi route and other areas of the mountain after the missing alpinists. Without success.

Son Sajid Sadpara has no more hope. (Image BeeGreen)

The three missing are the Chilean Juan Pablo Mohr, the Pakistani Muhammad Ali Sadpara and the Icelandic John Snorri. The son of Muhammad Ali Sadpara, sajid, was on the road with the three of them on the mountain, but had to turn back at the well-known Bottleneck passage due to technical problems with the artificial oxygen supply.

Son Sajid said at a press conference in Skardu that he assumed that the three alpinists had an accident on the descent.

I think they were at the summit and had an accident on the descent, because the wind started to blow very strongly during the night. You have been at an altitude of 8 meters above sea level for two days. In winter at this altitude - I have no hope that they are still alive.

Sajid Sadpara

Press conference with Sajid Sadpara

Luck and unhappiness at K2

Luck and bad luck often go side by side on the high mountains, especially on the most difficult 8-meter peaks in the world, the K000. On January 2, 16 Nepalese succeeded in the historically significant winter ascent of K10 (LACRUX reported). One of the 10 Nepalese, Nirmal Purja, committed the K2 without artificial oxygen at all and surprised the alpine scene with this detail two days after the ascent.

The success of the Nepalese summit came from the death of the Spaniard Sergio Mingote overshadowed. He fell on the descent and succumbed to his injuries. On February 5, 2021, K2 claimed another victim. According to information from his Sherpa, the Bulgarian Atanas Skatov made a mistake when changing the belay device from one fixed rope to the next, whereupon Atanas fell fatally.

On the same day, the connection of the GPS trackers of the three mountaineers mentioned above was interrupted. Juan Pablo Mohr, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and John Snorri have since been considered missing. The probability that they are still alive is very small.

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Credits: Cover picture Chhang Dawa Sherpa

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