K2: Third Body Found

8000ers K2 Karakorum
Juan Pablo Mohr, Ali Sadpara and John Snorri, compiled by Dreamwanderlust

Akhbar Syed of Lela Peak and a second source, both currently in K2 Base Camp, have confirmed that the third and last body of the climbers who went missing last February 5 has been found.

Garrett Madison, currently in Camp 3, confirmed to ExplorersWeb that his Sherpa rope-fixers found two bodies above Camp 4 — Muhammad Ali Sadpara’s and seemingly John Snorri’s. The third body would thus be Juan Pablo Mohr’s.

Madison’s and several other teams are pushing for the summit of K2 tonight and tomorrow. It is the first time that climbers have ventured higher than Camp 3, since the sad events that took place six months ago.

Ali Sadpara’s son, Sajid, reached Camp 4 earlier today, with his two partners, Elia Saikaly and Pasang Kaji Sherpa.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the deceased climbers were found around the base of the Bottleneck. We are currently trying to confirm this.

Left to right, Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Sajid Sadpara. Photo: John Snorri

Winter K2: What Happened on February 5

Back on February 5, Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Sajid Sadpara left Camp 3 for the summit, despite difficult conditions and a very short weather window. Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile followed them without O2.

Tomaz Rotar of Slovenia also set off but stopped at the edge of a huge crevasse that he considered impassable. When he met the Sadparas and Snorri, he told them of the obstacle. The three climbers decided to continue and try to find a passage somehow.

Sajid had problems with his O2 system, and his father eventually sent him back to C3. He was slightly confused when he returned, but said that he had turned around higher up the Bottleneck, above where the bodies have reportedly turned up.

Sajid Sadpara waited in Camp 3 for the rest of the day and the following night. Those in Base Camp then talked him into coming down to save his own life, because of worsening weather.

In the following days and weeks, aerial searches tried to locate the missing climbers. There were even attempts to track them through their satphone signals. Much later, a small group of Pakistani climbers tried to go up and find them, but fierce weather forced them back. Until now, no one has been high enough on K2 to realistically look for signs of Sadpara, Snorri, and Mohr.

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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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rob
rob
1 month ago

My gosh, what a story. It could be assumed that the climbers may have been hit by a falling serac whilst returning from their high point (possibly the summit itself?!) as one of the bodies has been found face down in the snow (not a position for a climber stranded or exhausted)

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Jahan
Jahan
1 month ago
Reply to  rob

Thats what it seems like. We will have to wait for more news on what conditions the climbers were in. They must have cameras on them which could have evidence of if/when they summited. My heart goes out to families and to Sajid .

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Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Update from inreach messages of Elia Saikaly:

Today at 4:00 PM
We are good, back at camp 4. Heading back up tonight to try to complete the mission.

Today at 4:00 PM
If anyone can help us get more oxygen, anyone from Pakistan with influence, people at BC leaving, we could use your help. Running low.

Today at 3:59 PM
Sajid just buried Juan Pablo. His father Ali is just above the Bottleneck. We will go up again tonight.

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Mike adamzek
Mike adamzek
1 month ago

Last communication from Elia,s tracker

26 jul. 2021 15:59
Sajid just buried Juan Pablo. His father Ali is just above the Bottleneck. We will go up again tonight.

26 jul. 2021 16:00
If anyone can help us get more oxygen, anyone from Pakistan with influence, people at BC leaving, we could use your help. Running low.

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Vlad
Vlad
1 month ago

So sad. Was clear that they are not alive, but ….

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Don Paul
Don Paul
1 month ago

It’s not what I had expected. It sounds like they were on the route but covered in enough snow that the helicopters couldn’t see them. It seems unlikely all three would be killed by the impact of icefall. If all three were buried in an avalanche, then the wind might have blown away that snow over the last six months. Maybe they were all exhausted, but decided to descend as a team and not leave anyone behind. This is my guess as to what happened. The drama about whether the Nepalis left fixed ropes, should be put to rest because… Read more »

Rebe
Rebe
1 month ago

Snorri and Sadpara were found without their oxygen regulators… Weren’t they climbing with O2? What happened to their tanks? Could have they been hiding somewhere whilst the storm, spend their O2 and try to descend afterwards?

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