On Wednesday, bad weather continued to hamper the search and rescue operation for climbers Mohammad Ali Sadpara, Jon Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr, who were last seen Friday morning near the K2 Bottleneck.
The Inter-Services Public Relations confirmed that until the weather shows progress, the search team is on standby and will proceed with the task.
“Mostly dry, extremely cold max, -35°C on Wed afternoon. Winds decreasing (severe gales from the WSW [west-southwest] on Wed night),” said a Mountain Weather forecast.
The forecast added that the temperature is predicted to be -41 ° C on Thursday afternoon, with moderate winds by Friday afternoon from the west-northwest.
Poor weather has continuously hampered the search process for Sadpara and his colleagues. The activity was briefly halted on Sunday, after military helicopters, while operating at their highest limit of 7,800 feet, failed to find the mountaineers.
The mission had to be postponed due to low visibility and bad weather conditions on Monday as well.
Yesterday, owing to high winds and snowfall, the operation had to be halted again. Yesterday, Pakistani climber and skier Karim Shah Naziri said the army will deploy a C-130 for today’s search mission as it can travel at approximately 8,000 m.
Aerial reconnaissance will be carried out, but all that depends on the environmental environment,” he said. “The flight will take place if the mountain is visible. Photos will be taken and the climbers will be spotted using cameras.
Late on Friday, the three climbers lost contact with the base camp and were declared missing on Saturday after their support staff began getting messages from them while trying to scale the second-highest mountain in the world.
A host of experts were part of the rescue mission, including local high-altitude climbers Fazal Ali and Jalal from Shimshal, Imtiaz Hussain and Akbar Ali from Skardu, Alex Găvan from Romania, Nazir Sabir, Chhang Dawa Sherpa and other members of the SST winter expedition team.v