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Spanish, Argentinean climbers go missing on Nanga Parbat

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Spanish, Argentinean climbers go missing on Nanga Parbat

Spanish, Argentinean climbers go missing on Nanga Parbat
June 27
21:43 2017

Islamabad, June 26: Two foreign climbers have gone missing on Nanga Parbat, tourism officials and media reports say.
“Alberto Zerain, a Spanish alpinist, and Mariano Galvan, an Argentinian national, went missing while trying to climb Nanga Parbat,” Alpine Club of Pakistan spokesman told AFP.
Muhammad Iqbal, the owner of Summit Karakorum, the tour operating company that had arranged the climb, said the duo had left the base camp on June 19 but were holed up in their tent for three days at an altitude of 6,100 metres (20,000 feet) due to bad weather.
“They pushed for the summit again as the weather got better but lost contact with our staff at base camp on Friday,” he added.
We have requested the Army Aviation for a search and rescue helicopter, which will start either today or tomorrow depending on weather conditions, he added.
The two climbers were a part of 14-member multinational expedition team –Italy, Korea, Spain and Argentina.
According to police sources, after attempting to get to the summit, 12 members of the team had returned to the base camp.
A snow avalanche is feared to have hit the missing climbers.
Between 40 and 50 local porters and guides were accompanying the team for the climb which usually takes about 45 days, Iqbal said, adding that none of the groups managed to reach the summit due to an avalanche and inclement weather.
At 8,125 metres, Nanga Parbat earned its grisly nickname after more than 30 climbers died trying to conquer it before the first successful summit in 1953.
In 2013 gunmen shot dead 10 foreign climbers and their Pakistani guide at the Nanga Parbat base camp – one American with dual Chinese citizenship, two other Chinese, three Ukrainians, two Slovakians, one Lithuanian and one Nepalese.
Northern Pakistan is a magnet for mountaineers and is home to some of the tallest mountains in the world, including K2 (8,611m), the world’s second highest peak, but often deemed a more challenging climb than the highest, Mount Everest.
Nestled between the western end of the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush mountains and the Karakoram range, the Gilgit-Baltistan region houses 18 of the world’s 50 highest peaks.
It is also home to three of the world’s seven longest glaciers outside the polar regions. Hundreds of its mountains have never been climbed.–AFP

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