K2: Rescue Operation Ongoing

K2 Winter 8000ers
File Image of a previous aerial evacuation from K2 Base Camp this winter. Photo: SST

Two helicopters have departed for K2. Meanwhile, Sajid Sadpara has started descending from Camp 3 and sources in Pakistan say that two Sherpas from Seven Summit Treks will head up to meet him.

Ali Saltoro of Alpine Adventures reports that Imitaz and Akbar, two skilled HAP from Sadpara village, are onboard one of the helicopters. They took part in the Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard rescue attempt on Nanga Parbat two years ago. They will climb as high as possible, although they are not acclimatized.

Winds are increasing. The rescuers are up against the clock and every minute counts. The helicopters were originally meant to search the mountain for signs of missing climbers John Snorri, Ali Sadpara, and JP Mohr, but they may not be able to fly above Base Camp.

Helicopters are also said to be evacuating frostbitten climbers from Base Camp, but we are waiting for further details.

It has been a sleepless night in several parts of the world. Many have spent the night waiting for news. Some have been struggling to help in any way they can. Ali Sadpara’s spokesperson, John Snorri’s wife, and Alex Gavan, who just returned to Bucharest after aborting his own attempt on winter K2, have been hard at work to get this rescue operation moving. They are in contact with the team at Base Camp. Their effort has paid off and now help is on the way.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Trish
Trish
26 days ago

Thank you Angela for the update. Can’t sleep because I keep looking for ExWed updates! Thanks again.

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Elena
Elena
26 days ago

Thank you Angela! I still hope for a miracle!

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Naveed
Naveed
26 days ago

fingers crossed.
hope they bivouaced

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UMK
UMK
26 days ago

I hope for a safe and speedy search and recovery. There have been several rescues in the past including on Nanga Parbat where climbers were missing for long hours and also had spent night on high altitude so its not something that is impossible. I hope they are safe and sound and had to take shelter overnight.

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Samson Simon Sharaf
26 days ago

I pray and hope against hope that they bivouced on the summit, somehow survived despite shortage of oxygen by the Chilean member and descending the shoulder and bottle neck with safety. With the plume of cloud, it will not be possible to see them from Camp 3. Hope few Sherpas and Pakistani High Altitude porters already acclimatized, climb up to the bottle neck. This means at least 36 hours if they already started climbing at dawn

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Naveed
Naveed
26 days ago

yeah. Rescue crew can be airlifted and dropped. Pakistan has Puma heli’s which is already in the region.. and had been transporting stuf at 6,000 meters… hope they can go a little higher and drop the rescue team close to C2

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Samson Simon Sharaf
26 days ago
Reply to  Naveed

MI 17

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PABLO CAMPOS GARCIA
PABLO CAMPOS GARCIA
26 days ago

This is winter K2 my friend. Note that since 1987 till 2020 nobody couldn’t arrive even at the bottleneck… A record rescue like that is not possible in K2 even in summer.

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Craig
Craig
26 days ago

Rip john and crew

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RIP Craig
RIP Craig
26 days ago
Reply to  Craig

RIP Craig, your soul has obviously died.

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Nat
Nat
26 days ago

We all have hope when something like this happens. But tbh over 30 hrs on that altitude with temperatures between -40 &-60 C and winds up to 35km/h…I dunno ,still hoping, but the conscious mind is telling there is almost no chance they survived..

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Travel To North
21 days ago

k2 rescue and search latest update https://traveltonorth.com/k-2-rescue-update/

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