K2: Pakistani Climbers Attempting Rescue

Battling the odds and increasingly strong winds, two Pakistani climbers are currently on K2, determined to do their best to find and rescue Ali Sadpara, John Snorri and Juan Pablo Mohr. The trio has been missing since 10 am on Friday.

Akbar and Imtiaz, who took part in the Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi rescue attempt on Nanga Parbat in 2019, have been dropped at Base Camp by army helicopters this morning. Two more Pakistani climbers, Ali Raza and Ali Muhammad, both from Sadpara, are ready to assist but are still in Skardu.

Search and rescue efforts were initiated by John Snorri and Ali Sadpara’s families, John’s K2 climbing partner, Vanessa O’Brien, the Pakistan Army and the Foreign Ministries of Iceland and Pakistan. The Pakistan Army Aviation and High Altitude Porters have helped with this initiative. Rescuers will make a final attempt tomorrow, weather permitting.

Dawa Sherpa has confirmed that Sajid Sadpara arrived at Advanced Base Camp, but has not provided any details on his condition. News is also expected concerning the rest of Seven Summit Treks members, some of whom are reportedly frostbitten.

Antonios Syrakis, upon arrival in Base Camp today. Photo: Antonios Syrakis