2 Climbers Missing on Broad Peak

Have not returned to Camp IV

Joe Spring

Two of the four Polish climbers who summited Broad Peak on Tuesday are missing, according to Polskie Radio. On Tuesday at roughly 6 p.m., Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Artur Małek, and Tomasz Kowalski reached the summit. By Wednesday evening, Berbeka and Kowalski had still not returned to Camp IV. The expedition organizer said Berbeka and Kowalski camped at 7,900 meters on the mountain and he is not sure what happened to them.

“We should be worried,” Artur Hajzer, coordinator of the Polish Winter Mountaineering in the Himalayas 2010-2015 project, told TVP public television. “They found themselves in a life-threatening situation and are very tired.”

In an expedition post after the summit on Tuesday, Hajzer said he would not call the mission a success until all four climbers had reached base camp.

For more on the situation, follow expedition updates on Polski Himalayaizm Zimowy 2010-2015.