Bulgarian climber dies during K2 expedition in Pakistan

09:20 PM | 5 Feb, 2021
Bulgarian climber dies during K2 expedition in Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD – A Bulgarian mountaineer died after fell off his safety rope during an expedition on K2 in Pakistan, said his team on Friday.

Seven Summit Treks — a trekking company leading the expedition — said Atanas Skatov fell when he was trying to descend to basecamp 3 of the world’s second highest peak.  

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"[It] seems some errors occurred and he fell down. We had fixed the mountain with new ropes" which were not broken, the trekking company said in a statement.

Pakistan has expressed heartfelt condolence on the death of the climber.

Foreign Office spokesperson in a tweet said, “Our heartfelt condolences to the Govt. of #Bulgaria & the family and friends of Atlantas Georgie Skatov, who died today during #K2 expedition. Admiring his courage, our thoughts and prayers are with his family”.

Skatov is the second climber to die on K2's slopes this season in weeks after a Spanish mountaineer fell to his death last month.

Pakistan Army has found his body and shifted to Skardu through helicopter.  

Skatov's death comes just weeks after a team of Nepali climbers made history by summiting K2 for the first time in winter season.

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