ISLAMABAD: Bodies of Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr have been found near Camp 4 K2.
Gilgit Baltistan Information Minister Fateh Ullah Khan confirmed this development.
Sajid Sadpara, along with Canadian filmmaker Elia Saikaly and Pasang Kaji Sherpa, is summitting the K2 to find the bodies of his father, Snorri, and Mohr.
The mountaineers had gone missing on February 5 and were declared dead a few days later after their bodies were not found and the rescue mission was called off.
The team had reached Camp 4 this morning and flew a drone around the area in search of the bodies, according to the sources.
Through the drone, the team was able to detect a body above Camp 4 near the bottleneck.
The minister said that the team had located the first body at close to 9 am this morning near the bottleneck area of the mountain.
“First body of John Snorri was located at 9 am below bottleneck. He was wearing yellow and black coloured clothes,” said Khan. He added that the second body was located at 12pm but they have not been able to identify the other two bodies.
The minister said that Snorri’s body was identified as the army’s focal person had confirmed the colours of his clothes.
Khan said that the army helicopters are on stand by for the rescue mission and that the digging process to recover the bodies is underway right now. He added that the army and the government are on alert.
Apart from Sajid, Sherpa and Saikaly the team also includes Fazal Ali and Aziz Baig.
Last month, famed mountaineer Ali Sadpara’s son Sajid had announced that he will be summiting the K2 once again to make a documentary on his father and also to locate his dead body.
“I want to go to K2 to know what happened to my father and John Snorri,” said Sajid in a press conference as he announced his plans to start climbing the world’s second-tallest mountain from tomorrow.
“A documentary on the life of Jon Snorri and Ali Sadpara is in the making. [I hope] go to K2 to search [the dead body] and make a documentary,” said Sajid, adding that it may take him and his team 40 to 45 days to summit the peak.