Bulgarian Mountain Climber Dies While Descending From K2

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

05th Feb, 2021. 08:14 pm
Bulgarian Mountain Climber Dies While Descending From K2

Bulgarians trying to climb the world’s second-highest peak in the winter have died after falling off a rope.

On December 19, 2020, foreign climbers arrived in Pakistan on a winter expedition to K2, and on December 29, 2020, they arrived at the K2 base camp.

On February 5, 2021, Atanas Skatov of Bulgaria fell from Camp 3 at 24,700 feet due to a broken safety rope.

His body was recovered by an Army helicopter from the next base camp at 18,000 feet and his body was shifted to Skardu on February 5, 2021, at 4 pm.

A Foreign Office spokesman expressed deep sorrow and condolences to the Bulgarian government and his family over the climber’s death.

It should be noted that 26 international climbers are going to be K2 to date and K2 has never been done in winter.

Earlier on Thursday, a Polish climber who fell ill was taken to a hospital in Skardu.

Magdalena Gorzkowska, a 28-year-old Polish climber who wanted to head to K2, fell ill with abdominal pain and vomiting and was airlifted to Skardu by an Army aviation helicopter.

Earlier, Nepali climbers have made history by climbing the world’s second-highest peak, K2, in the freezing winters.

Thirteen of the world’s 14 highest peaks were topped in the winter, and K2 is the only peak in the world that has not been topped in the winter.

But now the climbers have made history by completing this extremely difficult task.

A team of 10 Nepalese climbers spent the night of January 15 in Camp Three at minus 50 degrees, after which the team left for Camp 4 at one o’clock in the night.

Note that ‘K2’ is the second-highest peak in the world with a height of 8611 meters which is also known as Savage Mountain.

The peak was first climbed in 1954 by Italian climber Achille Compagnoni.

So far, 86 climbers have lost their lives trying to climb K2, while only 450 climbers have managed to summit it before today.

However, none of them were able to climb it in winter.

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