—File Photo.
—File Photo.

SKARDU: An Iranian climber has died, another has gone missing and yet another has been stranded at about 7,800 metres while descending from the Broad Peak after conquering it.

According to sources, nine climbers from different countries scaled the peak and began descending. Six of them reached the base camp.

However, an Iranian mountaineer fell into a ditch, another one went missing and the third has been stranded at a height of about 7,800 metres.

On Sunday, an army helicopter tried to rescue the stranded climber but did not succeed due to inclement weather.

With a height of 8,051 metres, the Broad Peak, also known as K3, is the 12th highest mountain in the world. It is located on the Pak-China border and in the Karakoram mountain range about 8km from K2.

AP adds: The head of a mountaineering club in Islamabad confirmed that rescuers had called off their search for the three Iranian climbers.

Manzoor Hussain, the president of the Alpine Club, said his outfit was coordinating the expedition and that the three Iranians successfully ascended the summit of Broad Peak.

He said the men sent a call for help while descending the peak, saying they were exhausted and had run out of food.

Mr Hussain said rescue teams were dispatched, but failed to find them.

He said the three men were last in touch with their homeland via satellite phone on Saturday.

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Blitzer
Jul 22, 2013 10:17am

What a sad incident. I hope the stranded person is rescued and reunited with his family.

Ali Nasir Dharejo
Jul 22, 2013 06:24pm

Its very crazy to climb a mountain without proper weather forecast and sufficient food stock. Many people try cllimb mountain, with immediate base preparetion of their mission to measure heights of peeks, but in this technology era they can get help of satellite survey updates about their destination plan. Now the main query is Whether the Iranian Mountain Climbers well prepared for such mission? or they made some thing wrong? Anyway these type of risks must only be taken when its unavoidable, like a necessity of defiance of Country as army takes, otherwise it should be not allowed without checking standerds of Climbing.