Corpses of 2 missing European mountain climbers found on unsafe Pakistan peak

Corpses of 2 missing European mountain climbers found on unsafe Pakistan peak”

Nardi and Ballard lost contact with the base camp on February 24 while trying to climb the 8,126-metre summit, known as the killer mountain because of the unsafe conditions.

The bodies of a British and Italian climber who went missing while ascending Pakistan's so-called "Killer Mountain" have been found, the Italian Ambassador to Pakistan said on Saturday.

The search for Briton Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi ended after an aerial search team confirmed that silhouettes spotted at a height of about 5,900 meters (6,455 yards) were the bodies of the two climbers.

Mountaineers Tom Ballard of the United Kingdom and Daniele Nardi of Italy were attempting a rare winter ascent of the 8,126-meter (26,660-foot) Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas.

Ballard is the son of British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to conquer Mount Everest solo and without bottled oxygen.

A Polish climber died on the mountain in Jan 2018, but his female French climbing partner was saved by climbers who had been airlifted from K2 to conduct a daring night-time rescue mission.

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Mr Pontecorvo said the bodies were in a place that was hard to reach but everything possible would be done to try and recover them. Nanga Parbat is also known as the "killer mountain". There was no news for nearly three days, while the last GPS position dates back to February 22.

Mr Pontecorvo said the search team involving the Spaniards this week captured photos of the silhouettes and analysis confirmed that they were the missing climbers.

He was born in England and grew up in the Scottish Highlands. "Part of them will remain forever at Nanga Parbat", the family said. Our thoughts are with him.

They said Mr Nardi was a "lover of life and adventures, scrupulous, brave, loyal, attentive to details and always present in moments of need".

"There are or will never be words suitable to describe the void you left", she added.

He had been living in Italy's Dolomites mountain range with his father for the last few years.

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