Sajid Sadpara Found His Father Muhammad Ali Sadpara and John Snorri’s Body. A dead body in a black-and-yellow suit has been found, below bottleneck according to the sources at Base Camp.
The body is speculated to be one of the three Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohar. However, the dead body is yet to be identified.
Sadpara was lost in K2’s killer embrace along with two foreign climbers – John Snorri Sigurjónsson of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto of Chile – and the search for the climbers was officially called off on February 18.
The announcement by Sajid Sadpara, son of Ali Sadpara, drew the curtain on the perilous search and rescue operation – arguably one of the longest in the history of mountaineering.
Sadpara, Snorri and Juan Pablo went missing on K2 on February 5 while attempting an unprecedented winter ascent without supplemental oxygen. K2 had never been scaled in winter until only last month when a Nepalese team accomplished the feat.
The trio was last seen near Bottleneck – the most treacherous trek of K2 – by Sajid Sadpara, who was also part of the expedition but had to give up after his oxygen tank malfunctioned. Sajid is confident the trio had scaled K2 and might have met an accident while descending.
The search and rescue operation was launched on February 6, hours after the three climbers were officially declared missing. However, it had to be suspended multiple times owing to bad weather conditions.
After a week into the search operation with no sign of the missing climbers, as well as no sign of bad weather relenting, friends and families of the mountaineers went so far as to set up a “virtual base camp” for a thorough search-and-rescue effort.
Pakistani mountaineer Nazir Sabir had said it was arguably the longest search and rescue operation in the field of mountaineering. “As far as I could recall, such a long search operation has never been carried out for any missing mountaineer,” he told BBC Urdu.
K2 is the deadliest of the world’s five highest peaks. In winter, winds on can blow at more than 125mph and temperatures can drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius.
At least 77 climbers have so far died while attempting to scale the 8,611 metres K2 – the fact that has given it the nicknames of “Killer Mountain” and “Savage Mountain”. In one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents ever, 11 climbers died in a single day trying to scale K2 in 2008.