The bodies of climbers Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr were found on K2 on Monday, over five months after they went missing, Alpine Club of Pakistan Secretary Karrar Haideri said in a statement.
Dawn cited him saying that it was “very difficult” to bring the bodies down from the mountain because of the high altitude, adding that the Army Aviation was helping in this regard.
The bodies of 3 lost mountaineers have been found below the Bottleneck on K2. The bodies have been recognized by a rope fixing team as Muhammad Ali Sadpara, JP Mohr and John Snorri, all three of whom went missing during #AliSadpara #JohnSnorri #JPMohr #K2Winter— Alpine Adventure Guides (@Alpine_Pakistan) July 26, 2021
“The body of legendary Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara seems to have been found just below Bottleneck, according to sources at Base Camp. #K22021,” Everest Today, a mountain blog with over 44,000 followers on Twitter, broke the news earlier today.
The body of legendary Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara seems to have found just below bottleneck, according to the sources at Base Camp. #K22021— Everest Today (@EverestToday) July 26, 2021
Talking to Dawn.com, Mushtaq Mett, the base camp manager of Mashabrum Expeditions, Treks and Tours Pakistan and the Madison Mountaineering K2 Expedition 2021, said that around 11am today, the METT Nepalese Sherpa rope-fixing team found the first body 400 metres above Camp 4 which was Mohr’s.
“The team found the second body when they were 300m away from the Bottleneck. They were able to identify it as Sadpara’s. Another 100m away, they found Snorri’s body.”
He further said that Ali Sadpara’s son, Sajid Sadpara, is currently at Camp 4 and will be guided by the rope-fixing team to his father’s body tomorrow morning.
According to the Dawn, Sajid had launched an expedition to retrieve the bodies of the three climbers. He was accompanied by Canadian filmmaker Elia Saikaly and Pasang Kaji Sherpa.
Ali Sadpara had gone missing along with his two climbing partners — Snorri and Mohr — while attempting to climb K2, the world’s second-highest peak at 8,611 metres.
A search was carried out by the Pakistan Army for the mountaineer and his companions but the expedition was not found and hence, Sadpara’s family had declared him dead.