A Canadian national who was attempting to climb the K2 Mountain has fallen to his death, officials said Saturday.
The 53-year-old was between camps 2 and 3 on the notoriously challenging 8,611 metres peak when the accident happened, an official of the Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Department said.
His death was confirmed by Sakhawat Hussain of Summit Karakoram, the tour company that organised his trip.
Hussain said that he had received a notification from the base camp that the Canadian “had fallen to his death and his body had been moved to advance base camp”, adding that he was in contact with family members.
K2 is the world’s second highest peak and looms over the Karakoram range on the China-Pakistan border.
Also known as the “Savage Mountain”, it is often deemed a more challenging climb than the highest peak, Mount Everest.
It was first scaled in 1954. Since then, just 306 people have made it to the top, while 80 have died trying, according to the 8000ers website.