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The body of the Catalan mountaineer Sergi Mingote, who died on Saturday during a winter expedition to K2 (8,611 meters), He was transferred this Monday to Islamabad, where the process for his repatriation to Spain is underway.
Mountaineer Carlos Garranzo, appointed by the Mingote family to carry out repatriation procedures, informed Efe of the transfer of the body from the town of Skardu, next to K2, to the Pakistani capital, about 600 kilometers to the south.
Now the lifeless body of the mountaineer has been transferred to a hospital until the Pakistani authorities allow him to leave the country.
“Everything is processed, but the procedures of the Ministry of the Interior take about three days,” said Garranzo, who also participated in the winter expedition to the second highest peak in the world until he left due to health problems.
Mingote, 49, died on Saturday during the expedition after suffering a fall coming down from Camp 1 to the advanced base camp., where a medical team was sent to no avail.
“Nobody thinks that he is going to the mountain to die; if not, we would not go,” said the mountaineer, in reference to the death of his partner.
Mingote’s death was lamented in Spain by leaders of political parties, the economic world and social entities.
The municipality of Parets del Vallés (Barcelona) decreed on Saturday five days of official mourning for the death of his former mayor.
The death of the veteran mountaineer coincided with the first winter ascent to K2, an expedition that he himself co-led, achieved by ten Nepalese.
The ascent to K2 in winter, the only one of the 14 eight thousand that had not been crowned during the winter period, it was considered the last great challenge of the discipline.
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