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Iran pursuing the fate of missing mountaineers: Shocking letter by one of the climbers

Source: Tehran Times

The Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it was pursuing the fate of the Iranian climbers who had gone missing in the northern mountains of Pakistan. The necessary efforts are being made in cooperation with the Iranian embassies in Islamabad and Beijing, Abbas Araqchi told the Mehr News Agency.

Puya Keyvani, Aydin Borzorgi and Mojtaba Jarahi are the three Iranian mountaineers that went missing upon return from the 8051m Broad Peak also known as K3 (12th highest peak on earth in Northern Pakistan). The three mountaineers are members of a five-person group named Arash and on Tuesday July 16, they reached the tip of Broad Peak.

According to, an Iranian climber has died, another has gone missing, and yet another has been stranded at about 7,800 meters while descending from the Broad Peak after conquering it.

According to sources, nine climbers from different countries scaled the peak and began descending. Six of them reached the base camp, reported on Monday.

On Sunday, an army helicopter tried to rescue the stranded Iranian climber but did not succeed due to inclement weather.

With a height of 8,051 meters, the Broad Peak, also known as K3, is the 12th highest mountain in the world. It is located on the Pakistan-China border and in the Karakoram mountain range about 8km from K2.

According to AP, the head of a mountaineering club in Islamabad confirmed that rescuers had called off their search for the three Iranian climbers.

Manzoor Hussain, the president of the Alpine Club, said his outfit was coordinating the expedition and that the three Iranians successfully ascended the summit of Broad Peak.

He said the men sent a call for help while descending the peak, saying they were exhausted and had run out of food.

Mr. Hussain said rescue teams were dispatched, but failed to find them.

He said the three men were last in touch with their homeland via satellite phone on Saturday.

Before embarking on their journey, Aydin Borzorgi had written a letter which has now been published on the blog of mountain climber Parastoo Abrishami. In this shocking and revealing letter, Borzorgi has harshly criticized the authorities for their lack of support and for crippling the Iranian mountaineers by throwing many obstacles in front of them. Borzorgi and Arash team members were clearly aware what they were against. But despite lack of support, good equipment and money, they wanted to prove to all the naysayers that the Iranian mountaineers are capable of conquering the toughest peaks. As Borzorgi says, their goal was not to be heros, but to open the door to the many young people who have been held back...

Source: khak-e khoob (Parastoo Abrishami's blog)

The Story Of The Mountain by Aydin Borzorgi (in Persian)


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