Pastori Peak: Search For Alex Goldfarb’s Remains Ends

Alex Goldfarb.

All efforts to retrieve the body of Alex Goldfarb from Pastori Peak have been in vain. “They have tried to reach the spot more times but failed,” spokesman Laszlo Pinter reported. “It is in a very dangerous place, not really suitable for a ground recovery.”

Alex Goldfarb went missing on January 16 while climbing Pastori Peak on his own after partner Zoltan Szlanko turned around due to dangerous conditions. The two climbers were acclimatizing on the 6,209m peak before launching an alpine-style attempt on neighboring Broad Peak.

Alex Goldfarb and Zoltan Szlanko aimed for a fast, alpine-style attempt on Broad Peak. Photo: Laszlo Pinter/Mozgasvilag

Two days later, a helicopter spotted Goldfarb’s body on a lower yet inaccessible part of the mountain. Apparently, the climber had fallen off the mountain’s upper section.

Alex Goldfarb’s family arranged a retrieval mission, in which four experienced Pakistani climbers tried to reach the deceased climber on foot. The Pakistani government gave them a free flight to Concordia, and from there, they trekked into Broad Peak Base Camp. However, bad weather and dangerous terrain have repeatedly prevented the men from reaching Goldfarb, and the mission has finally been called off.

Base Camp was dismantled yesterday, and the ground team along with the two-person staff and Goldfarb’s Hungarian partner, Zoltan Szlanko, have started their trek back on the Baltoro, Pinter said.


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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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11 months ago

It’s Zoltan Szlanko in the main picture, not Alex Goldfarb…

Jerry Kobalenko
11 months ago
Reply to  Joanna

Corrected, thank you.