ISLAMABAD: The Italian Ambassador to Pakistan confirmed on Saturday that the bodies of two climbers have been found on Pakistan’s Killer Mountain.
Stefano Pontecorvo Italian Ambassador to Pakistan has tweeted
With great sadness I inform that the search for @NardiDaniele and Tom Ballard is over as @AlexTxikon and the search team have confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about 5900 meters are those of Daniele and Tom. R.I.P. #NangaParbat
Italian Daniele Nardi and fellow mountaineer Tom Ballard were attempting a winter ascent of the 8,126-metre (26,660-ft) Nanga Parbat (
Pakistan’s Killer Mountain) in the Himalayas.
The Nanga Parbat is considered one of the hardest to climb. It is rightfully called “The Killer Mountain”, as many mountaineers have lost their lives trying to climb it.
The bodies of both the climber are understood to be at the highest altitude at the Mummery route of the Nanga Parbat. This deadly route no one has been able to ever climb. This also implies their bodies most likely cannot be recovered.
The two climbers were last heard on 24 February when the Italian experienced and high profile climber Nardi Daniele called his wife.
Tom Ballard is the son of famed British climber Alison Hargreaves. She was the first woman to climb Mount Everest in 1995 unaided (without oxygen).
Alison Hargreaves died later same year while descending from the summit of the world’s second tallest mountain, Pakistan’s K2.
The first successful winter ascent of Nanga Parbat was made in February 2016.
A Polish climber died on the mountain in January 2018. His female French climbing partner was saved by climbers who had been airlifted from K2 to conduct a daring night-time rescue mission.
In June 2017, a Spanish man and an Argentinian were killed in an avalanche while trying to reach the Summit.