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08-03-2008, 09:23 PM
Report: Ice avalanche kills 11 climbers on Pakistan's K-2

Mountaineer Fredrick Strang said at a K-2 base camp that the climbers were descending when the accident occurred .

Since 1939, 66 people have died on K-2, a part of the Himalayan mountain range, according to the Web site AdventureStats.com.

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Nestled in the northern regions of Pakistan, home to five of the world's 14 tallest peaks, K-2 is so remote it is not visible from any inhabited place. It takes four to five days of hiking, or a 90-minute helicopter flight, to get to base

Mountaineer Fredrick Strang said at a K-2 base camp that the climbers were descending the Himalayan mountain, the second highest peak in the world, when the avalanche destroyed a fixed rope that the group was using to get to the summit.

K-2 is 28,250 feet tall -- about 785 feet shorter than the world's highest peak, Mount Everest -- but climbers generally regard K-2 as the more difficult to summit.

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Khan said that the accident occurred when they came to an area called the "Bottleneck" about 1,100 feet below the peak, where the ice fell and sabotaged the climbers' safety ropes and fixed lines.

A sherpa who had gone up the mountain to help rescue the climbers was among the dead, according to Strang.


In addition to the avalanche, Nazir Sabir, whose Alpine Club of Pakistan organized a Serbian expedition on the mountain, said that a Pakistani climber and a Serbian climber fell to their deaths a day before the avalanche.

A Korean climber also died over the weekend, said Mohammed Akram, vice president of the Adventure Foundation of Pakistan, a nonprofit organization. Akram said the cause was undetermined.

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