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(Angela Benavides) Two Pakistani army choppers, expected in BC since Sunday, are still grounded due to bad weather.

In spite of the gale, Polish Darek Zaluski and Agnieszka Bielecka have gone up to C1 on the normal route, according to Alex Txikon’s home team.

Darek and Agna, who had remained in BC during the recent summit push, went up this morning hoping to spot Gerfried Goschl, Cedric Hahlen and Nisar Hussain – who are missing since Friday.

Clinging to last hope

Hopes are however scarce, since no one knowns for sure on which side of the mountain the missing climbers are. Last time the missing climbers were seen, they were approaching the summit from the peak’s south side. Once on top, the trio planned to traverse down the normal route on the north side. There’s been neither sat-phone or radio contact.

Alex Txikon, who had also hoped to join the searching labors, has finally remained in BC, nursing frostbitten toes. Summiteers Janusz and Adam, and fellow Polish Tamara Stys, are also sustaining frostbites.

As for the helicopters, once airborne, the rescue team will carry Hassan Sadpara (Mount Everest Summiteer), Ali Raza Sadpara and Nazir Sadpara to aid in the search.

Original source: k2climb.net