South Korean lacking after fall whereas descending from Pakistani peak

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By Related Press

ISLAMABAD: A well-known South Korean climber fell right into a crevasse and went lacking over the weekend in unhealthy climate after scaling one other mountain peak in northern Pakistan, a mountaineering official stated Tuesday.

Kim Hong Bin was descending after having reached the 8,047-meter (26,400-foot) excessive Broad Peak in Pakistan’s north Karakoram Vary on Sunday, stated Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Pakistan Alpine Membership.

With the summit, the 57-year-old Kim had scaled all the world’s 14 highest summits, turning into the primary particular person with a incapacity to take action.

In 1991, whereas climbing in Alaska, he suffered extreme frostbite and had all his fingers amputated.

Whereas descending from the height with a number of different mountaineers on Sunday, Kim slipped and fell down the Chinese language aspect of the mountain, in accordance with Haidri.

“Since then no info is accessible about him,” the official stated, including {that a} search mission is being deliberate.

Kim’s successes embrace the world’s highest, Mount Everest on the China-Nepal border, and Pakistan’s K2, the second-highest, which like Broad Peak can also be within the Karakoram Vary.

“Incapacity by no means turned a hurdle for Kim,” Haidri stated, “and didn’t stand in the best way of his ardour.”

The opposite mountaineers, who had in useless tried to seek out Kim, had been protected and had been descending amid unhealthy climate.

The South Korean Embassy in Islamabad was additionally organising a search mission, he added.

““We don’t wish to speculate on Kim’s destiny,” Haidri informed The Related Press, refusing to remark experiences on Twitter that the climber had died.

Ghulam Muhammad, the proprietor of Blue Sky Expedition tour working firm who organized the expedition for Kim, additionally confirmed the “unlucky incident when the South Korean was returning to base camp.

The organisers of the expedition had been involved with the household of the lacking South Korean and any additional info can be shared by his household or by the South Korean officers, he added.

Scores of mountaineers go to Pakistan yearly to scale completely different mountains and peaks, situated within the nation’s scenic north.

However the sport is harmful, notably when a sudden change in climate happens.

Earlier this yr, three climbers — Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara, Jon Snorri of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile —died whereas making an attempt to summit the 8,611-meter (28,250-foot) excessive K2.

Their our bodies couldn’t be traced and retrieved regardless of a number of makes an attempt by the Pakistani search and rescue group aided by the army.

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