Updated: Solo Alpinist Still Missing on Peak Pobeda in Kyrgyzstan

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Mehri Jafari.

An urgent search and rescue mission is underway on 7,439m Peak Pobeda in Kyrgyzstan for alpinist Mehri Jafari. Sources believe that Jafari was last seen on Wednesday, August 4, descending from an altitude of 6,000m.

Family, friends, and various groups have organized under the #RescueMehri social media campaign. They are calling on anyone with information of Jafari’s whereabouts to come forward. It is believed that another Iranian climber, Saeid Mirzaie, was ahead of Mehri on Peak Pobeda, though his status is not currently known.

Organizers have also called on the broader online community to contact and “put pressure on” the guide company,  Ak-Sai Travel, and “all mountaineers at the base camp” to continue rescue efforts.

Anyone with information pertaining to Jafari Mehri or Saeid Mirzaie should reach out to the Ak-Sai Travel Company, Mehri’s Instagram account, as well as organizers of the #RescueMehri Facebook campaign.

Please contact Ak-Sai Travel (https://ak-sai.com/en/) and put pressure on them to organise an urgent rescue for Mehri as soon as possible. Also, we urge all contacts and followers of Saeid Mirzaie, who we understand was ahead of Mehri on the ascent to the summit, to do anything he and his team can do on their descent to #RescueMehri

On Thursday, a helicopter dispatched by Kyrzgytany authorities spotted an object high on Pobeda, but was unable to land because of the helicopter’s large size.

According to a recent Instagram post, Jafari planned to solo Pobeda Peak and Lenin Peak as part of a previously unfinished project. Pobeda (Victory) Peak is the northernmost 7,000’er in the world and is considered the most difficult of the five Snow Leopard summits. It is the highest mountain in the Tien Shan and is also known by its Kyrgyz name, Jengish Chokusu.

In 2008, Jafari became the first Iranian woman to summit neighboring Khan Tengri Peak. She is a British solicitor and Iranian human rights lawyer.

UPDATE: The Kyrgyz tour company, Ak-Sai Travel, stated that she “fell from a height of 6,300m” and that a rescue team can’t go to the site of the accident because of risk. However, back in England, Jafari’s colleagues insist that the report of her fall is “based on a single and vague eye witness statement. This is irresponsible and negligent on the part of the tour company.” They insist that a search and rescue operation should continue.

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college.
After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life.
She now works as a contributor, an editor, and a gear tester for ExplorersWeb and various other outlets within the AllGear network.
She is based out of Austin, Texas where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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Nell Blane
Nell Blane
3 months ago

Is there a proper rescue mission in progress now?

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Mohammad
Mohammad
3 months ago
Reply to  Nell Blane

Absoloutely No. Just speaking about her death without any firm proof.

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Mike Adamzek
Mike Adamzek
3 months ago

To whom it may concern,

On the 4th of August, on the Pobeda peak, Iranian Mountaineer Ms Jafari Mehri fell from a height of 6300 meters. There was organized rescue work by helicopter, but unfortunately it was unsuccessful. From words of Hungarian alpinists there was set the trajectory of the fall, but Ms Mehri wasn’t spotted.
Rescue team cannot be sent to the area of fall because of the risk to the lives of rescuers.

With kind regards, ​
Ak-Sai Travel team​

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José Luis Gómez Bas
José Luis Gómez Bas
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Adamzek

To Mike Adamzek,

I know it’s a risk to rescue a person on that area but I’ve ever seen more difficult rescues. It’s totally irresponsible for Ak-Sai company to leave her there without giving any opportunity to save her life. What you have to do is to try a recue as soon as possible. I wouldn’t like to contract any service from a company like yours which wouldn’t try to rescue me if needed. I’m sure everybody thinks in this way.

Regards,
José Luis Gómez Bas.

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Pawel
Pawel
3 months ago

The place where potentially Jafari Mehri felt is very risky with high avalanche danger, sending there land search will be suicidal for the climbers. Her location of her is unknown so hard to talk about any rescue mission. and two facts: 1) For Search and Rescue in Kyrgyzstan responsible is Ministry of Emergency Situations, a tour operator can’t organize risky search missions. Generally the pressure should be put on Embassy of Iran in Kyrgyzstan because they have to power to deal with government agencies there.2) Jafari Mehri decided to climb SOLO! She used the Ak-Sai company to organize her transport… Read more »

José Luis Gómez Bas
José Luis Gómez Bas
3 months ago
Reply to  Pawel

First of all she fell not felt as you said. I don’t understand why you wasted your time answering me as I did wrong when you know who’s the responsible of the rescue. Have you pressured or contacted the minister of emergency yet?. It’s a high risk to rescue her but it’s the job of the rescue team, they have to accept that risk. I understand a rescue could be impossible in case of a storm but not in case of a potential risk of avalanche as you said. I talked with his partner Steve, he asked me about writing… Read more »

Pawel
Pawel
3 months ago

Looks like that I didn’t waste time because now you know on who should be put pressure to do something more with the search mission. The The first principle for rescue team is to stay safe, high avalanche risk is very serious reason to not send rescue team to that area. The problem in Kyrgyzstan is that they not have good enough helicopters to make search at that altitude, without locating her, nobody will sent land team there. As well looks like that Jafari Mehri  went there without proper insurance, there is GoFund action now to collect money for the… Read more »

Jose Luis Gomez Bas
Jose Luis Gomez Bas
3 months ago
Reply to  Pawel

Pavel, you’re wrong again. It’s question of money to rescue her as you could see. Goodbye.

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Jose Luis Gomez Bas
Jose Luis Gomez Bas
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike adamzek

Thanks for your comment.

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damiengildea
Editor
3 months ago

No, everybody does not think this way.

Pawel has laid out the argument very well. It is not AkSai’s responsibility for rescue on these mountains and to expect any SAR from the Ministry is unrealistic, particularly on such steep and technical ground at around 6000m – heli rescues at that height do not do that.

She went solo and that is the risk. I doubt she would have wanted anyone to risk their life just to prove she is dead or retrieve her body.

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Marie
Marie
3 months ago
Reply to  damiengildea

In fact, we do not know whether she is dead or alive, and even though AkSai is not responsible for rescuing her, I do not understand why they do not feel the urge to at least try to. If I was an experienced climber that happens to be in this region, I would have gone up to search for her already on Friday or Saturday. I mean, there is a obviously much-loved woman up there that might still be alive.

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Jose Luis Gomez Bas
Jose Luis Gomez Bas
3 months ago
Reply to  damiengildea

Thanks for your comment. I did as her partner asked me so I believe that was correct. I think as earlier as a rescue would be done the probability to find her alive would be higher. Best wishes.

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Mohammad
Mohammad
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Adamzek

You should be responsible Mike. Mehri is a professional mountaineer, and you should take into account the possibility of her rescue. Mehri’s live is imporatnt for us as an Iranian. We remember.

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Mike adamzek
Mike adamzek
3 months ago
Reply to  Mohammad

Mohammed I,m not from the tour company. Just send a email to put pressure for a SAR. They replied me and I only put the reply of explorersweb.
So don,t accuse. Did you contacted them,or others for asking help. yes Bravo not Stop being a keyboard warrior.
Sincerely Mike

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Sholeh
Sholeh
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Adamzek

How many hours did your rescue team spend looking for her? How close did they get to the spot she might have been fallen into? Did you have the opinion that she is already dead and no use to spend more resources on her? Or did you look for her as she is a beloved person by so many others and a human being that might be injured somewhere waiting for your rescue team?

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Mike adamzek
Mike adamzek
3 months ago
Reply to  Sholeh

See above the reply to Mohammed

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Sara Zangeneh
Sara Zangeneh
3 months ago

Please be responsible and arrange for a propee rescue mission for her, please do what you would wanted to be done if it were you,

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Roya Mir
Roya Mir
3 months ago

Not fair to postponing the search for her , she might be live & in need of help , can’t leave her there to death

Please continue the search

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Marie
Marie
3 months ago

Dear administrators of this page, would it not be possible for you to appeal to professional climbers that frequent this page to travel to Peak Pobeda to search for and rescue this woman? Her friends started a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise the 28,000 Dollars needed to rescue her. She seems to be a great person that is very active in the fields of Human Rights, Gender equality etc. but regardless of that, she is someone that might urgently need our help. https://www.instagram.com/mehri.jafari.ii/?hl=en

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Cornel sain
Cornel sain
3 months ago

Hi!i just comback a week a go from the base camp of Khan Tengri and Pobeda.If you have expectations from Ak say…Is a bad joke.For to maxim profit they don,t respect any medical rouls and when i comme back hom i was find with Covid.Since 5 i stay in home with problem,i failure my objectiv because after just 7 days in bc i have to go down.Is an totaly iresponsable compagny.Don’t have any expectation.By the way,if yoy chek the list with the services in the pakege of this to mountains you will find also assistence for rescue in case of… Read more »

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