Two New Zealand climbers missing in northern Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Two New Zealand climbers have gone missing after an avalanche on the world's second-highest mountain, K2, a Pakistani official said on Monday.
Mr Martin Walter Schmidt, 53, and his 25-year old son Denali Walter Schmidt went missing at Camp 3 on the 8,611-metre mountain on Saturday, said Mr Manzoor Hussain, chief of the Alpine Club of Pakistan that coordinated the expedition.
Two Nepalese Sherpas had gone up and reported that Camp 3 was damaged by an avalanche and both men were missing, he told AFP.
In recent days, several avalanches on the mountain had forced all climbers to return to base camp. The New Zealanders were waiting at Camp 3 for the weather to clear, he said.