K2 Update: Two Bodies Found — Ali Sadpara One of Them

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Muhammad Ali Sadpara, left, and John Snorri, last winter in K2 Base Camp. Photo: John Snorri

The confirmation has come straight from Garrett Madison at Camp 3 on K2. “The Sherpa team has actually found two bodies now: Ali Sadpara and, they think, John Snorri,” Madison told ExplorersWeb.

Earlier today, Madison Mountaineering’s Sherpa team, fixing ropes above Camp 4, found the remains of a climber dressed in a yellow-and-black suit. The body was face down and covered in ice, making its identification difficult. Juan Pablo Mohr wore those colors, but Snorri’s wife confirmed that her husband also wore a yellow-and-black North Face suit. He was not wearing the orange suit in which he appeared in some pictures.

Sajid Sadpara, determined to find his father and devote his life to climbing. Photo: Elia Saikaly

Remarkably, the find occurred as Ali’s son, Sajid Sadpara, approaches that spot. Sajid Sadpara, Elia Saikaly, and Pasang Kaji reached Camp 4 around 2:30 pm. It is unknown if the younger Sadpara has had a chance to identify the remains but it is hard to imagine what he is now going through.

Before he left on this current summit push, ExplorersWeb asked Sajid Sadpara about K2 and his thoughts for his future in climbing. Sajid replied:

“It is my dream and desire to advance my father’s legacy: We are known for this. I am also a climber, so my first priority is to continue this mission. I am on K2 now in search of my father, John, and JP. This is the restart of my mountain life after last winter. Inshallah, I will climb high mountains like my father, Ali Sadpara.”

The trio’s current location is at Camp 4.

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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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Jahan
Jahan
4 months ago

This will give the families of Ali, John and J.P. some closure. Mustaq Mutt from K2 basecamp confirmed he has let Sajid know of the bodies. I cant imagine the emotions Sajid is going through.

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Derek Solan
Derek Solan
4 months ago

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 this is terrific news and I hope they can find a bit more about what happened but mostly, so many can be at peace now!

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Aminullah
Aminullah
4 months ago

This is a stupid game, wasting of time, money and life.

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Khizer
Khizer
4 months ago
Reply to  Aminullah

As they say in Urdu, “What would monkeys know of the taste of Ginger”.

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Fizza.
Fizza.
4 months ago
Reply to  Aminullah

“Ruthless men” are, what everything is wrong with our society ; as heartless as your comments, must I add.

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Ashiq Muhammad yousafzai
Ashiq Muhammad yousafzai
4 months ago
Reply to  Aminullah

Real men can do this I am sure you are not the one of them

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Rudy
Rudy
4 months ago

Is it possible to say if they summited?

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osama khan
osama khan
4 months ago
Reply to  Rudy

can,t say anything because no body knows what happened their .the tragedy happens before submitted k2 or after

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Taimur Khan
Taimur Khan
4 months ago

This probably means that they conquered the peak since the bodies were found at least 300 meters below the bottleneck. Sajid had seen them near the top of the bottleneck so they peobably had an accident on the way down as often is the case on k2. I hopethey did so. They certainly deserve the posthumous glory!

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Kudrat
Kudrat
4 months ago
Reply to  Taimur Khan

Since the bodies are intact, there is a chance they might retrieve cameras. And those cameras will contain all of the photos they may have taken during the summit push. Hopefully there will be clarity on this too.

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Birgir
Birgir
3 months ago
Reply to  Kudrat

There are last pictures extracted from John Snorri’s Gopro by Sajid as reported by Elia Saikaly. Memory card reported to be corrupt but hopefully can be recovered by specialists.

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Rich Van Winkle
3 months ago

Waiting for details to finish “First Winter Ascent of K2” (book in pre-publication). Please contact me if you have more details… Thanks, Rich

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