Czech female climber feared missing on the Broad Peak marking second fatal accident on the mountain in a week
It is about time that the 12th highest mountain in the world, Broad Peak would start making headlines as another climber has now gone missing on the 8,047m peak.
Reported on Friday by the Alpine Club of Pakistan, a Czech climber has now been missing since Friday, August 3rd and is feared dead after slipping on a dangerous ledge.
The climber, reportedly a lady, Ms. Zuzana Hofmnova, slipped while stepping down from the high camp. She is one of the first female climbers from Czech Republic to summit Broad Peak but lost her life during the decent.
This is the second incident in a week’s time that a mountaineer has lost his life on the Broad Peak, often considered as an otherwise easier 8000er in the Karakorum. Muhammad Baqir, one of the local
mountaineer who was scaling the peak with an English Expedition, lost his life during the descent.
Baqir, 35, was a few hundred meters from the Base Camp III at 26, 000 feet when he slipped and fell while crossing a water channel.
Baqir was one of the well known climbers in the region and had already scaled five prominent peaks in the Karakorum including K2, Nanga Parbat, and Broad Peak.
In 2003, Mohammad Baqir’s brother, Ghulam Raza, was also killed while attempting to climb Lady Finger in Hunza Valley.
This is the second Czech tragedy on the Broad Peak after the loss of Vlado Plulik in the year 2009. His whereabouts were never traced after his disappearance during the descent.