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Corpses of 2 missing European mountain climbers found on risky Pakistan peak

Corpses of 2 missing European mountain climbers found on risky Pakistan peak

Italy's ambassador to Pakistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, said on Saturday that the search team had confirmed that silhouettes spotted on the mountain "through telescope and pics beyond reasonable doubt" were the bodies of the two men.

"The search team have confirmed that the silhouettes about 5,900 meters are those of Daniele and Tom".

Italian ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo tweeted on Saturday that the bodies of the two men had been identified from aerial photos. Ballard and Nardi last made contact on 24 February, from an elevation of 6,300 metres (20,670 feet).

The bodies of two climbers missing for nearly two weeks on a mountain in Pakistan have been found.

A search operation was under way this week after four Spanish rescuers were flown to the area by military helicopter on Monday and were joined by Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara at base camp. He said foul weather hindered their efforts.

He added that the bodies are in a location that is proving hard to reach.

Mr Nardi, 42, from near Rome, had in the past attempted to reach the summit of Nanga Parbat during winter on several occasions.

The first successful winter ascent of the summit was made in February 2016.

Hundreds of mountaineers, a lot of them from Europe, try to scale half a dozen peaks in Pakistan every year in summer, but only a few make the attempt in winter.

The mountain has long attracted climbers even though its been dubbed "Killer Mountain" because of its unsafe conditions.

Confirming the news on his official Facebook page, Mr Nardi's team wrote: "We are devastated by pain; we inform you that Daniele and Tom's searches are completed".

The two climbers who were attempting to scale Pakistan's Nanga Parbat went missing two weeks ago.

"There are or will never be words suitable to describe the void you left", she added.

An experienced climber, Tom became the first person to solo climb all six of the great north faces of the Alps in the winter season.