Mohamed Ali Sadpara of Pakistan won the K2 2021 winter expedition, which he and Icelandic climber John Snorri announced weeks after their first unsuccessful attempt.
Sadpara and his team, including Snorri, managed to climb the 8,611-meter-high K2 – the second highest mountain in the world – after departing in the early hours of Wednesday, the day after his birthday.
During his absence he has asked fans and admirers to “guard us in their prayers”. Since then, he’s been providing updates to his Twitter account when the WiFi signal is working.
Last night his team left for the summit’s final offer. The climber said it would take up to 14 hours to get to the top.
It was reported today that a foreign climber is thought to have died in an avalanche as Pakistani and foreign climbers head to the summit of K2 today. Sources say he disappeared on a snow slide after the team’s rope broke when they returned from Camp Three.
The Pakistani climber reported regularly throughout the day, urging the media to be more responsible, and said at night that members of Sajid’s team reached “C3” after “failing to reach the top because of a faulty oxygen regulator”.
“I just contacted Sajid at C3. He was out looking for clues. He did not see any lights or movement,” Sadpara wrote, Friday night.
“He’s got food, a sleeping bag, and he’s holding out. We’ll get the news as soon as he tells us.”