Difficult to retrieve bodies right now, says Sadpara's son

Sajid and government officials confirmed that the bodies were spotted below the Bottleneck on Monday by Sherpas

Our Correspondent July 29, 2021
Sajid with father Ali Sadpara. PHOTO:TWITTER/@sajid_sadpara

Sajid Ali Sadpara, the son of legendary mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara, said on Thursday that the bodies of his father and Jon Snorri are at a very 'technical' and dangerous slope of the mountain. 

“It is difficult for my team and I to retrieve and bring back the bodies right now. All we can do is move them away from the climbing route and bury them," said Sajid in a video message from the summit of the killer mountain.

The bodies of the deceased were found at an altitude of over 8,400 meters.

Sajid and government officials confirmed that the bodies were spotted below the Bottleneck on Monday by Sherpas, who are on the expedition with Sajid.

Mohammad Ali Sadpara and two other climbers – Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr – had gone missing on February 5 this year while trying to climb K2, the world's second-highest peak at 8,611m (28,251 feet).

The trio had lost contact with Base Camp on Feb 5 while attempting an unprecedented winter ascent without supplemental oxygen. K2 had never been scaled in winter until a Nepalese team accomplished the feat less than a month before the Sadpara expedition.

Read more: Legendary Ali Sadpara’s body found on K2

Sajid, who was accompanying the three, had to abandon his summit bid after his oxygen regulator malfunctioned and he returned to camp three. Bad weather thwarted multiple attempts to search for the missing climbers, though the efforts continued.

"Sajid Sadpara has fulfilled his duty as son of #AliSadpara. He has secured the body of our hero at C-4. He single handedly not only retrieved the body from a dangerous slope but also managed to bring it from bottleneck to C-4," an official Twitter account of Team Ali Sadpara said on Wednesday.

"I am thankful to whole nation for their love and prayers. I request everyone at K2 not to share any photo/video of the bodies, as it’s very painful for all families and friends," Sajid wrote on his twitter.



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