Pakistan's military located the body of American mountaineer Alex Goldfarb-Rumyantzev on Monday in the Karakoram mountains in northern Pakistan, the second death of a foreign climber in the area in less than a week.
A helicopter team spotted Goldfarb's remains during a search and rescue operation that began on Sunday, according to the Alpine Club of Pakistan.
He appeared to have fallen off the mountain, Hungarian expedition company Magyar Expedicios, which was supporting the climbers, said in a statement.
Goldfarb and Hungarian Zoltan Szlanko were planning to climb the 8,047 metre (26,400 feet) high Broad Peak, which has yet to be ascended in winter, without the use of oxygen or any porters for help, according to Magyar Expedicios.
To acclimate for that climb, the pair set out to climb nearby Pastore Peak, 6,209 metres )high, but were met with harsh winter conditions and Szlanko decided to turn back, while Goldfarb continued alone.
Szlanko joined the search for his partner after he failed to return as planned on Saturday.
Goldfarb, a medical doctor and a lecturer at Harvard University in Boston, had volunteered to treat Covid-19 patients since the outset of the pandemic, his son Levi Goldfarb told Reuters.
"He thought (mountain climbing) was beautiful," Levi said.
"He thought it was liberating, because up in the mountains it didn’t really matter who you were at sea level -- a doctor, a lawyer, or even a thief, all of those labels were stripped away and you were playing by a different set of rules. He made great friends in the mountains, he saved lives and saved himself, and he travelled the world doing it.”
Spanish climber Sergio Mingote also died in the Karakoram mountains on Saturday, after he fell down a crevasse while attempting to make his way down to Base Camp on K2, the world's second-highest mountain.
Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic dampened the traditionally active summer months of mountaineering in the region last year.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Pakistan’s water bearers help to quench thirst in Ramadan
Pakistan’s army chief reiterates support for Afghan peace process
Khan leads slew of pacts to boost ties with Saudi
Pakistan slaps Eid shutdown to prevent virus spread
Pakistan closes land borders as Covid-19 cases soar
Pakistan tightens borders as Covid-19 cases soar
Pakistan to slash international flights by 80%
Coronavirus variants detected in Pakistan’s Sindh province
Pakistan to receive over 15mn doses of Covid-19 vaccine