Australian and Canadian climbers die while climbing the world’s second highest peak

Two Australian and Canadian climbers have died in northern Pakistan while climbing the world’s second highest mountain, K2.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced the death of Matthew Aiken, expressing condolences to his family and friends.

His body was discovered during a drone search on Thursday.

A spokesman for Pakistani mountaineering, as well as the Canadian press, also reported that a research team recently discovered the body of Richard Cartier, who went missing in another accident while attempting to climb the same peak on July 19. experienced climber.

Karar Haidari, vice president of the Pakistan Alpine Club, which coordinates search and rescue operations with the Pakistani government and army, confirmed the deaths of Aiken and Cartier.

Earlier this week, English newspaper Dawn reported that climbers were spotted between camps 1 and 2 on the summit of K2 and went missing on July 19 in two separate incidents.

Last week, a third Afghan climber, Ali Akbar Saki, died on the summit of K2.

Heidari said that Saki had a heart attack while trying to climb to the top.

The summit of K2, which is located on the Sino-Pakistani border in the Karakoram mountain range, has one of the deadliest records, while most climbers die during the descent, because the slightest mistake can lead to an avalanche, which, in turn, leads to death.

Only a few hundred people have successfully reached its summit, while Everest, the world’s highest peak, has been successfully summited more than 9,000 times.

K2 is one of the coldest peaks to climb with the strongest winds.

On the ascent route, climbers must overcome boulders, trying to avoid frequent unexpected avalanches.

Source: AB

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