An investigation has been launched into claims climbers left a porter to die close to the height of the world’s most treacherous mountain, a mountaineer has mentioned.
Dozens of climbers are alleged to have walked past the Pakistani helper of their eagerness to succeed in the summit of K2 after he was gravely injured in a fall.
The accusations surrounding the occasions on 27 July on the world’s second-highest peak overshadowed a record-breaking climb by Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila and her Nepalese information Tenjen (Lama) Sherpa. They grew to become the quickest climbers to scale the world’s 14 highest mountains, which took 92 days.
She has rejected any duty for the dying of the porter, Mohammed Hassan, a 27-year-old father of three who slipped and fell off a slender path in a very harmful space of the mountain referred to as the bottleneck.
She was defending herself towards allegations made by two different climbers who had been on K2 that day, Austrian Wilhelm Steindl and German Philip Flaemig, who had aborted their climb due to antagonistic climate circumstances however mentioned they reconstructed occasions later by reviewing drone footage.
The footage appeared to indicate dozens of climbers passing a gravely injured Mr Hassan as an alternative of coming to his rescue.
Mr Steindl alleged the porter might have been saved if the opposite climbers, together with Ms Harila and her workforce, had given up their try to succeed in the summit.
“There’s a double commonplace right here. If I or every other Westerner had been mendacity there, all the things would have been performed to save lots of them,” Mr Steindl informed the Related Press. “Everybody would have needed to flip again to carry the injured individual again right down to the valley.”
Harila says her workforce ‘tried for hours’ to save lots of man
Nonetheless, talking to Sky Information on Friday Ms Harila mentioned her workforce “tried for hours to save lots of” Mr Hassan – and one workforce member even took off his oxygen masks and gave it to him as a result of he didn’t have his personal.
She mentioned Mr Hassan had been dangling from a rope the other way up after his fall on the bottleneck, which she described as “most likely essentially the most harmful a part of K2”.
She mentioned after round an hour her workforce had been in a position to carry Mr Hassan again onto the path.
The group then determined to separate, she mentioned, together with her and Lama persevering with to the highest of the mountain as a result of her ahead fixing workforce had run into their very own difficulties.
Porter apparently lacked gear
Requested about Mr Hassan’s gear, Ms Harila mentioned he was not carrying a down go well with and didn’t have gloves, nor did he have oxygen. “We did not see any signal of both a masks or oxygen tank,” she mentioned.
After reaching the highest, Ms Harila filmed an “emotional” video celebrating their record-breaking climb.
She mentioned she solely found Mr Hassan had died as she climbed down the mountain, and mentioned she and her workforce had been unable to get better his physique as a result of it was “unimaginable to securely carry him down”.
Investigation launched into dying
An investigation has been launched into Mr Hassan’s dying, in line with Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Pakistan Alpine Membership, a sports activities organisation that additionally serves because the governing physique for mountaineering in Pakistan.
Anwar Syed, the pinnacle of the corporate dealing with Ms Harila’s expedition, Lela Peak Expedition, mentioned Mr Hassan died about 150m under the summit.
He mentioned a number of individuals tried to assist by offering oxygen and heat to no avail.
Mr Syed mentioned due to the bottleneck’s harmful circumstances it could not be potential to retrieve Mr Hassan’s physique and hand it to the household. He mentioned his firm had given cash to Mr Hassan’s household and would proceed to assist.
Requested about Mr Hassan’s obvious lack of apparatus, Mr Syed mentioned the expedition firm pays cash to porters to purchase gear and Mr Hassan was paid the agreed-upon quantity.
Claims Hassan had no high-altitude expertise
Mr Flaemig, the second climber to make the allegations, claimed Mr Hassan had no high-altitude expertise in an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Customary.
“He wasn’t outfitted correctly. He didn’t have expertise. He was a base camp porter and for the primary time was picked to be a high-altitude porter. He wasn’t certified for this,” he mentioned.
Mr Steindl visited Mr Hassan’s household and arrange a crowdfunding marketing campaign, with donations reaching greater than €114,000 (£98,000) on Saturday.
“I noticed the struggling of the household,” Mr Steindl informed AP. “The widow informed me that her husband did all this in order that his youngsters would have an opportunity in life, in order that they might go to high school.”
K2 is extensively thought-about one of many hardest peaks in mountaineering and as of February 2021, some 377 individuals had summited the mountain whereas 91 died attempting – a ratio of 1 dying for each 4 profitable climbs.
Specialists say it’s much more harmful than Everest, the world’s tallest peak, as a result of much less of the mountain flattens off and it’s vulnerable to avalanches and rock falls.