K2: Sajid Sadpara Safely Back

K2 Winter 8000ers
Sajid Sadpara in Base Camp. Photo: Elia Saikaly

Night has fallen on K2. In the midst of confusion created by the lack of official information on one side, and the proliferation of fake news and impersonated accounts on another, there is finally some confirmed good news. Chhang Dawa reports that Sajid Sadpara has made it to Base Camp, although there is no detail concerning young Sadpara’s condition.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, a helicopter should bring two more Pakistani rescuers to Base Camp, ready to search for John Snorri, Ali Sadpara and Juan Pablo Mohr. The helicopter will then leave to take climbers who have been injured or frostbitten back to Skardu.

Akbar and Imtiaz are spending the night in Camp 1. In the morning they hope to resume their search up the Abruzzi Spur. Unfortunately, efforts to pinpoint John Snorri’s position using the signal from his Thuraya phone have not provided conclusive results.

The longer the climbers remain missing, the scarcer the possibility of finding them alive. And yet, a glimmer of hope keeps their families and friends going.

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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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Tariq Imtiaz
Tariq Imtiaz
3 months ago

Hoping against the hope

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UMK
UMK
3 months ago

I am not sure survival on k2 is possible for consecutive two nights. May be experts could say more but this is not looking good sadly.

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Kat
Kat
3 months ago
Reply to  UMK

Wilco van Rooijen Did in 2008,but weather wasn’t as harsh and his team met him in C2 with food and shelter. Still hoping for a positive outcome tho.

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ipgon
ipgon
3 months ago
Reply to  Kat

Thats right, in 2008 it ALL happened in Summer.

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UMK
UMK
3 months ago
Reply to  Kat

Thanks. Thats right. The key is hope John and team were not hit by gale force winds, avalanche, rockfall or a serac fall in which case survival chances are minimal.

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Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  UMK

Yes, Jerzy Kukuczka in 1985 on Dhaulagiri in winter 21-23 January, two nights without tent, first at 7800m, another night lower. There is still hope…

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Olivier
Olivier
3 months ago

The rescuers would need to be well acclimatized?

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Uwe Vossler
Uwe Vossler
3 months ago

Ich bin unendlich traurig, obwohl ich immer noch ein wenig Hoffnung habe! Seit Anfang Januar verfolge ich nun diese Helden, die ihren Traum am K2 leben. Gott sei mit ihnen!

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Marten
Marten
3 months ago

Jeez it hurts seeing no new updates coming in…
Can’t imagine what they might have gone through or are still going through…

My thoughts are with everyone involved. I pray as much as I can.

Marten.

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Larry
Larry
3 months ago

I have been watching anxiously from CO since the new year and I believe in these men. Praying for unbelievable news here and for k2 to be merciful.

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alp
alp
3 months ago

se debe de investigar que paso en el campo3 la noche previa a la ascension a la cima del k2, 2 tiendas para 14 personas, no era lo correcto. Seven Summit Tours. tiene que aclara la mala previsión de tiendas, que obligo a un hacinamiento que no dejo descansar y comer ni hidratarse dado que seria imposible, por falta de espacio. Aqui empezo es tragedia, aparte tambien de investigar como es posible que dos escaladores con amplia experiencia se mataran por problemas con las cuerdas fijas.

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Paul Blezard
Paul Blezard
3 months ago

Thank you for the updates Angela, fingers very much crossed for the outcome we’re all hoping for.

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faisal
faisal
3 months ago

they lost contact at bottle neck around 6pm before they informed the base camp that they will go for a summit which was very unusual decision at that time of the day, may be they got on top and couldn’t come down because of weather and decided to wait until weather gets better its hard but as one of them was carrying a tent may be they still have survived????

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Blabla
Blabla
3 months ago
Reply to  faisal

What is the source of this information? For what I know, last contact with them was when Sajid turned back at the Bottleneck and whether they carry a tent or not has not been confirmed in public.

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Dr gul
Dr gul
3 months ago

May Allah (the GOD) protect all SADPARA, JOHN and PABLO.

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Jib Jibran
Jib Jibran
3 months ago

Sajid ali Sadpara just gave a statement in Skardu that “there are very rare chances that they are alive at 8000 meter. but search operation to search their bodies is ok to continue”
https://www.facebook.com/groups/thekarakoramclub/permalink/1458574397823726/

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