Australian man among two climbers found dead on K2 | Australia news

An Australian and a Canadian climber have been found dead on K2, with the world’s second-highest mountain in Pakistan claiming at least three lives in recent weeks.

The Himalayan Times identified the Australian mountaineer as Matthew Eakin and the Canadian climber as Richard Cartier, after reports the two had gone missing last week during their descent from Camp 2 to Camp 1.

Rescuers spotted the bodies of the two mountaineers on Tuesday, the Times report said.

A spokesperson from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed the death but not the man’s identity.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died during a climbing expedition in northern Pakistan,” the spokesperson said.

“We extend our condolences to his family and friends. Owing to our privacy obligations we are unable to provide further comment.”

Pajhwok Afghan News, Afghanistan’s largest independent news agency, reported that Afghan mountain climber Ali Akbar Sakhi also died on K2 last week, suffering a heart attack while descending the mountain.

Eakin, from Sydney, was on an expedition along with Cartier and another Canadian, Justin Dube-Fahmy.

Dube-Fahmy had been providing updates on the group’s trek on his personal Facebook page, with the last post made on 21 July: “Richard, Matt and I were pretty tired. 16h of climbing. Then today we touched lower C4 (7600m). We are heading back to Base Camp tomorrow. It’s starting to get cold. We are pretty tired after these two big days.”

Neither Dube-Fahmy’s post nor page has been updated with any news of the deaths but people have started leaving messages of condolences.

One of Eakin’s friends posted on social media about waking up to the “sad news that my friend Matthew Eakin was … found dead on K2”.

“I still can’t believe that he is no more with us. This is really tragic news, Matthew Eakin was the founder of the excellent FB page Mountaineers Downunder and has made a huge contribution to the mountaineering community in Australia.

“We will miss you forever great legend”.

The ABC is reporting: “Eakin was an experienced climber who had previously trekked K2, in Pakistan, where five of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters are located.”

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