According to sources, Gilgit-Baltistan Information Minister Fatehullah Khan has confirmed that the bodies of Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Jan Sunori have been found. In a statement, he said the bodies would be airlifted by army helicopters.
It is being reported that the body of Mohammad Ali Sadpara was found 300 meters below the ‘Bottle Neck’ of K2. While the first body was found 400 meters below the ‘Bottle Neck’ of K2 (8200-8400 meters in the death zone above K2 Camp Four. There is a rock and ice alley in the middle, because it looks like the neck of a bottle, so it is called Bottle Neck. This is the place where climbers trying to climb Keto have to go through all the conditions. There is no alternative and this is the hardest part of K2).
It may be recalled that Pakistani climbers Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snnori and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohar were last seen on February 5 at an altitude of more than 8,000 meters near the peak of K2 by Ali Sadpara’s son Sajid Sadpara. Due to a malfunction of the regulator, the campaigns were forced to leave incomplete and return.
After using ground and air resources for about two weeks, authorities on February 18 confirmed the deaths of three missing climbers, including Ali Sadpara, and announced the end of the search for them.
The Bodies identifying Mission
Sajid Sadpara is currently on the lookout for the bodies of his father Ali Sadpara, Ice Snnori of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohar of Chile, accompanied by Canadian photographer and filmmaker Elia Saikali and Pasang Kaji Sherpa of Nepal.
It may be recalled that the first two bodies were reported to have been found but the companies conducting campaigns on K2 have also claimed to have found a third body.
Muhammad Ali, the owner of Mahasha Bram Expedition, told media that the Sherpas who were part of his team had found two bodies near the bottleneck, one of which had been identified and that Muhammad Ali is the body of Sadpara while the other body has not been identified yet.
According to Muhammad Ali, his team of 19 climbers from different countries was on its way to K2 and in the meantime, seven Sherpas (including four Sherpas from his team) were going upstairs to fix the ropes first. Were When the seven men went to the summit to fix the ropes, they first found a body as they approached Bottleneck beyond Camp Four, and an hour later they went about 100 meters higher and found another body.
Shortly afterwards, he said, a third body had been found.
How was the body of Muhammad Ali Sadpara identified?
It has been almost five months since the accident that befell Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his associates.
In response to the question, how did these miscreants identify the body of Muhammad Ali Sadpara after such a long time?
According to Mohammad Ali, while his team was leaving the base camp, Sajid Sadpara, son of Mohammad Ali Sadpara, told him some pictures and signs on the basis of which Ali Sadpara’s body has been identified.
Muhammad Ali had said that his team had conveyed the news to Sajid Sadpara and the decision on bringing down the bodies would be taken by Sajid himself.
Asked about the verification of the bodies, Ali Asghar Pork, Head of Rescue Mission for Pato (Pakistan Tour Operators Association) in Pakistan, said, “There can be no one else. We all know the history of who went and who is dead … We do campaigns every year and we have all the information.
Asghar Ali Pork also said that “Army helicopters will go tomorrow and an attempt will be made to bring the bodies to the base camp through a sling operation (in which the body is brought up with the help of ropes).”
He also said that such an operation had never been carried out in Pakistan before today to bring down the bodies from such a height. According to Asghar Ali, for this operation, the army has to reduce the weight of the helicopter by reducing the number of seats and petrol in its helicopter and this is a very dangerous operation.
“If the army succeeds, it will be a record operation in the world to bring down a corpse from such a height.”
The Hardest Operation in the Mountain Region
According to mountaineering expert Imran Haider Tahim, the Pakistan Army does not have a helicopter that can fly above 7000 meters and it has been proved that these bodies have been found around 8200-8300 meters.
“So these bodies will have to be brought vertically down 7000 meters from where they are (8200-8300 meters) which is the ‘black pyramid section’ of K2 and it is a very rocky part. Climbers will have to pick up the bodies anyway.
According to Imran, this work requires a systematic and coordinated effort as it is not just the work of two or three persons.
According to him, in order to bring the bodies up to 7000 meters, at least 10-15 acclimatized (the process of adaptation of the human body with the lack of oxygen at sea level is called acclimatization) requires climbers and ‘when Until these bodies are brought to 7000 meters, no sling operation in the world is possible.
Remember that the rescue from the helicopter is done through the long line. The helicopter goes up and throws the rope of the long line down and from below the living person or corpse is tied to it and lifted up.
Sajid Sadpara Announcement on his Father’s Death
Sajid Sadpara announced the deaths of the three climbers, including his father, at a press conference in Skardu on February 18 this year. At that time, Sajid said, “K2 has taken my father in its arms forever.”
Arriving at Skardu from the base camp at that time, Sajid Sadpara, son of Ali Sadpara, had said that when he started hallucinations at an altitude of 8200 meters in the death zone and the regulator of the oxygen mask failed, he decided to return. The last time he saw his father Ali Sadpara’s team heading towards the summit in a very good and fit condition at 8200-8300 meters in Bottleneck.
During the two-week search, a special aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art technology of Pakistan Air Force flew over 8,611 meters to search for Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his comrades. Pictures were taken with the help of HD cameras.
During the search operation, Iceland and Chile also released satellite images identifying Muhammad Ali Sadpara and the team’s last contact.
Attempts were also made to find the bodies of the three climbers by land, but to no avail.
Imran Haider Tahim, a campaigner, also estimated that those who came to the summit in June-July were likely to find the bodies of the three men.