'Silhouettes' spotted on Nanga Parbat during search for missing climbers

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Bodies of two missing mountain climbers found

Briton Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi were attempting a rare winter ascent of the 8,126-metre in the Himalayas, considered one of the hardest mountaineering feats in the world.

At 8,126m, Nanga Parbat is the world's ninth highest mountain and notoriously hard to climb.

Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador to Pakistan, said Spanish climber Alex Txikon found the bodies on the Mummery Spur trail.

The pair had set out to climb the world's ninth highest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat, at 26,660 feet on February 22.

This photo of Daniele Nardi, sheltered in his tent, was posted on his Facebook page.

A search and rescue operation was launched and Pakistani army helicopters were scouring the area until their bodies were finally spotted.

Mr Ballard was born in Derbyshire but moved to the Scottish Highlands in 1995, the year his mother, Alison Hargreaves, died on K2 when she was 33, months after becoming the first woman to conquer Everest unaided.

Pakistan dispatched search helicopters last week despite the closure of its airspace amid tensions with neighbouring India over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

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Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, talks to The Associated Press regarding the search of two missing climbers, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on March 9, 2019.

"Part of them will remain forever at Nanga Parbat".

The statement added: "The family remembers Tom as a competent alpinist and courageous friend of Daniele".

They said Mr Nardi was a "lover of life and adventures, scrupulous, brave, loyal, attentive to details and always present in moments of need".

She died later that year while descending from the summit of Pakistan's K2, the world's second-tallest mountain which is considered much harder to climb than Everest.

Hargreaves had climbing in his blood as the son of Alison Hargreaves, who was the first person to climb all six major faces in the Alps in one summer.

Mr. Nardi, who was from a town near Rome, had attempted to climb Nanga Parbat in the winter four times without success.

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