Three Spanish mountain climbers who became lost on the heights of Gasherbrum I in Pakistan, the world's 11th-highest mountain, have been given up for dead by rescue teams.
Alfredo García, a colleague who did not summit with the other three, informed the media about the last failed attempt to find the climbers alive. The rescue operation had been underway since Monday.
Abel Alonso, Álvaro Paredes and Xevi Gomez had begun their descent of the 8,068-meter Gasherbrum I, also known as K-5 or Hidden Peak, which is part of the Himalaya mountain range, last Sunday. The last time rescue teams were able to make contact with them, the climbers were at an altitude of 7,400m, relatively near Camp 3, but disorientation and bad weather prevented them from reaching safety.
The Spanish expedition, made up of 11 climbers, did not have a guide, explained a spokesman for Aragón Aventura, the trip organizer.