Nanga Parbat Search Begins – K2 Climbers Ready to Help

A full-scale rescue operation is unfolding on Nanga Parbat, where Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard are missing. A helicopter has departed Skardu and is searching the mountain’s Diamir Face right now. Accompanying the crew is Ali Sadpara, who summited Nanga Parbat in winter back in 2016, together with Simone Moro.

Meanwhile on K2, the Kazakh-Russian-Kyrgyz team, asked yesterday to help by Nardi’s travel operator, has agreed to participate in the rescue if needed, as long as they can be air-transferred from the Karakorum to Nanga Parbat in western Pakistan. The recent increase of hostilities between India and Pakistan on border territories has led to a shut-down of air space in some areas, including over K2. Four members of the team are ready and willing to participate in rescue operations.

Further news is expected later today, either from the air search crew or the climbers’ Base Camp staff, who constantly watch the face for some sign of movement.

Tracker showing Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard's last reported position on Nanga Parbat's Mummery Spur

Tracker showing Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard’s last reported position on Nanga Parbat’s Mummery Spur. Photo: Daniele Nardi

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Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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