K2: No Sighting on Latest Flight

K2 Winter 8000ers
Photo: Chhang Dawa Sherpa

A second helicopter search today, and the third in the last two days, has turned up no sign of the missing trio of Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and JP Mohr.

According to Chhang Dawa Sherpa, two Pakistani Army helicopters (one including Sajid Sadpara and Dawa himself) made it up to 7,800m. The searches swept the area around the Abruzzi Spur as well as other routes. Dawa reports poor visibility above Camp 4, and winds of 40kph above 6,400m.

There are no updates on any further search plans, nor about what the two Pakistani climbers who went to Camp 1 last night have managed to accomplish. Barring a miracle, there now seems little hope of finding the three climbers alive.

Aerial shots from high up on K2 this afternoon Photo: Chhang Dawa Sherpa

Elsewhere, Pakistani media are reporting that Sajid Sadpara is now back in Skardu. Social media accounts, including one from Sajid Sadpara, have posted a video interview where Sajid apparently suggests that the three climbers may have had an accident while descending the very technical Bottleneck.

Sajid Sadpara.

Various reports in the Pakistani media have also stated the three may have reached the summit before disappearing, but there is no way to know this. A proliferation of such fake reports have unfortunately appeared in recent days, alternately increasing and dashing hopes during this tragedy.

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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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PABLO C
PABLO C
3 months ago

Brave job of the heli pilot. Thanks to Exweb Team for all this information in the last days. For the moment we can only speculate but I think is pretty clear that the guys suffered some kind of accident in some moment before or after summit (avalanche, fall,…) I’m so sorry. My support for friends and families.

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Gohar Irfan Chaudhry
Gohar Irfan Chaudhry
3 months ago

In one of the videos, Sajid has said that he’s sure they have summited.
https://twitter.com/EverestToday/status/1358417420361240577?s=19

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Don Paul
Don Paul
3 months ago

They were three hours behind schedule, then Sajid runs out of oxygen, and Ali tells Sajid to use his emergency oxygen, on the way up. Luckily Sajid’s emergency regular doesn’t work and he makes the wise decision to back off. None of the three climbers going up had radios, and their trackers apparently ran out of batteries. (not sure about the last detail) It seems they took so many extra risks, and in the end decided to go for it, despite the risks.

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Larry
Larry
3 months ago

Is it possible to see new avalanches on the mountain on these aerial flights?

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