ISLAMABAD: A rescue operation was under way on Tuesday for three Spanish climbers who went missing in bad weather in the mountains of northern Pakistan, officials said.

Four Spaniards went missing on Sunday after scaling the 8,068-metre (26,469-foot) Gasherbrum-I peak in the Karakoram range, Manzoor Hussain, chief of the Alpine Club of Pakistan that coordinated the expedition, told AFP.

“We came to know about the four missing Spanish climbers today due to communication problems,” Hussain said.

Anwar Ali of Lela Peak Expedition, the company running the trip, told AFP that one of the climbers had managed to make it back to base camp but the other three were still missing.

Hussain said search teams and other members of the expedition were looking for them.

“They have requested a search helicopter, but the weather is bad today and tomorrow also,” he said.

“The chances of a helicopter search and rescue mission tomorrow (Wednesday) are slim.”

Three Iranian climbers went missing on another mountain last week and rescuers had called off the search for them, but at the insistence of the Iranian embassy another search effort was mounted on Tuesday, Hussain said, but to no avail.

The Iranians sent a distress call just after reaching the summit of the 8,051-metre Broad Peak on July 16.

“Today a helicopter was sent again on the mission but it could not find anyone and returned due to bad weather,” Hussain said.

Pakistan is home to five of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 metres, including the world's second-highest mountain, K2, but conditions are harsh and deaths not uncommon.

Last month Pakistan suspended expeditions to its second-highest peak Nanga Parbat after gunmen shot dead 10 foreign trekkers.

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Junaid Ullah
July 23, 2013 10:11 pm

It it compulsory to add last paragraph....

Sonal
July 23, 2013 10:54 pm

Are these tourists mad? It would be interesting to understand the psychology behind going trekking in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Ehsan Hadi
July 24, 2013 12:07 am

Wish and pray for the safe recovery of the brave soles.

Ehsan Hadi
July 24, 2013 12:07 am

Wish and pray for the safe recovery of all these brave climbers

Asif A. Shah
July 24, 2013 3:44 am

What a sad thing to have happened! I share in the grief of not only those Spaniards's families who died while climbing the mountains but all those who love mountain climbing. In Karim Abad, Hunza, Pakistan, a few years back a Japenese mountaineer Kasagava died while climbing the mountain and his wife established a school in his memory which was later upgraded to Girls College.(Kasagave Memorial College). Pakistan Foreign Office should send official letters of condolences to the grieved families.

Ahsan
July 24, 2013 3:07 pm

@Sonal: Thank you for mentioning that Pakistan is one the dangerous country in the world BUT over here, its a talk about weather conditions due to which they could not survive.....:)

Ahsan
July 24, 2013 3:14 pm

@Sonal

"It is interesting to see why a lot people from west go to India every year when it is not safe for their own women and many of such tourists have been ganged raped as well"

Now this is something that I would have written in reply to your statement about Pakistan being one of the most dangerous countries in the world but the fact it is that it is not......similarly as not every girl is raped in India.....there are issues in every country.....lets talk about positive things cuz negative things only spread hate, cheers :)

Sonal
July 24, 2013 8:59 pm

@Ahsan: :) Sorry, to offend you.

I didn't intend this as an Indian defaming Pakistan - you just assumed that based on my user name, which you probably recognize as Indian :)

I also didn't make up the fact that Pakistan is amongst the most dangerous countries in the world. Lets look at an objective source, which is not Indian or Pakistani - http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2013/05/20/the-islamic-republic-of-pakistan-the-worlds-most-dangerous-nation-holds-an-election/ I said 'one of the most dangerous'. Forbes says 'the most dangerous' :)

In any case, the article only says they weren't able to be found due to adverse weather conditions. It doesn't say they went missing due to adverse weather conditions. But anyway, point taken that I was a bit presumptuous... it doesn't say they went missing due to terrorist activity either. It was just implied from the last paragraph.

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