RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (MARCH 9, 2019) (REUTERS) – The bodies of two climbers who went missing while ascending Pakistan’s so-called “Killer Mountain” have been found, the organiser of a search mission for the men said on Saturday (March 9).
Italian Daniele Nardi and fellow mountaineer Tom Ballard were attempting a rare winter ascent of the 8,126-metre (26,660-ft) Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas, considered one of the hardest mountaineering feats in the world.
The bodies are understood to be at a high altitude on Nanga Parbat’s treacherous Mummery route that no one has successfully climbed, meaning their bodies are unlikely to be recovered.
Ali Muhammad Saltoro, whose company Alpine Adventure Guides organised a search mission for the men, said the pair were hit by an avalanche.
The two climbers were last heard from on Feb. 24, when Nardi, an experienced climber with a high profile in Italy, called his wife.
Ballard is the son of famed British climber Alison Hargreaves who became the first woman to climb Mount Everest unaided in 1995 but died later the same year while descending from the summit of Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain.