The Spanish mountaineer Sergi Mingote died this Saturday during his expedition in the K2 mountain (8,611 meters) after suffering an accident, reported several sources related to the expedition.
The Spaniard died after suffering a fall when descending to base campsaid the spokesman for the Pakistan Mountaineering Club, Karrar Haidri, who had previously reported the accident in which, he said, Mingote he broke both legs.
The death of the mountaineer was also confirmed by Chhang Dawa, leader of the winter expedition to K2, who managed to top the second highest mountain in the world this Saturday for the first time. “Unfortunately we have lost Sergi. The best climber and a great friend”, Wrote in the social network Facebook Dawa. The Nepalese climber indicated that Mingote suffered a fall going down from Camp 1 to the advanced base camp, where they sent a medical team to no avail.
Mingote arrived in Pakistan in December to try to climb K2 in winter, the only one of the 14 eight-thousand that had not been overcome in winter, something considered the last great challenge of mountaineering. The Spaniard climbed K2 without oxygen in the summer of 2018, a difficult experience that was a turning point in his career. “Climbing K2 in winter is the last great challenge for mountaineering. Many think it is impossible,” he said in an interview with Efe before starting the challenge.
Elite mountaineer and ultra-endurance athlete has climbed 10 eight thousand, including a double ascent to Everest on both sides. He reached the ‘roofs’ of the 5 continents and added more than 20 ascents to mountains higher than 6000 meters. In addition, he completed the crossings to the Gobi Deserts, in Mongolia, and Djanet in the Sahara, he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar by swimming and completed the crossing of the South Patagonian Ice, among other achievements.
The Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has declared “shocked” by the death of the mountaineer Sergi Mingote, whom he considered a “personal friend”, which occurred this Saturday during his expedition to Pakistani K2 (8,611 meters).
“Dismayed by the news of the accident that has ended the life of a magnificent athlete, former socialist mayor of Parets and personal friend. A hug and all my love to Sergi Mingote’s family and friends,” the minister wrote on his Twitter account .