K2 Area Search: Signs of Missing Climber Spotted Amid Crevasses

File image of a previous rescue operation in Pakistan by Jasmine Tours.

Two helicopters left Skardu at nine this morning to search  6,209m Pastori Peak for Alex Goldfarb, who has been missing since Saturday. The Askari Aviation pilots had to abort the first flight because of high winds. After waiting out the bad weather and refueling, they continued to K2 Base Camp and picked up John Snorri and Sajid Sadpara, as well as an army liaison officer, the missing climber’s communications person, Laszlo Pinter, reported.

After three passes over the area where Goldfarb was last seen, including following his planned route as high as possible, there is no good news to report. The upper sections of the mountain are full of crevasses, the pilots said, and they have spotted remains of a tent, but no traces of Goldfarb himself. “The whole area around is full of crevasses,” said Pinter. A helicopter has gone up again for a closer look at the presumed campsite.

Goldfarb and partner Zoltan Szlanko were climbing Pastori Peak to acclimatize for an alpine-style ascent of Broad Peak. Falling rocks and the numerous crevasses discouraged Szlanko, who turned around while Goldfarb opted to continue on his own. When Goldfarb failed to return by nightfall, as agreed, a search was initiated. It is not known whether the climbers spoke by radio after separating.

John Snorri at K2 Base Camp some weeks ago. Photo: John Snorri

John Snorri and Sajid Sadpara have postponed their K2 climb to help Szlanko with the search. The team’s expedition operator, Jasmine Tours, has sent two more men to the Pastori base camp in case they’re needed. Both are from nearby Shimshal and are highly experienced at altitude. They are supposed to join Snorri’s K2 expedition later as his film crew.


About the Author

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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Ariana McDavid Barrett
Ariana McDavid Barrett
1 year ago

Even if it was just a training climb, why did the partners seperate?