Avalanche Hits Italian Expedition in the Hindu Kush

Climbing Mountain
The expedition team. Photo: Mountain.ru

An avalanche has struck an Italian expedition in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush. One climber is dead. Others have a range of injuries but are believed to be alive.

The expedition, led by Tarcisio Bellò, includes fellow Italians Luca Morellato, David Bergamin and Tino Toldo, who were climbing alongside Pakistanis Nadeema, Shakeela and the avalanche victim, Imtiaz.

The avalanche overran the seven-man team at around 5,300m this morning. They were in the Ishkoman Valley, on 5,800m Melvin Jones Peak, interestingly named after the founder of the Lions Club.

Pakistani Air Force helicopters have located all the climbers except Imtiaz, who is presumed dead. An air rescue (and potential ground search) has been postponed until tomorrow because of weather. The Air Force also needs to shuttle fuel closer to the region, as the air base in Skardu is over 300km away.

The Ishkoman Valley. Photo: Ash Routen

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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