“Sad death of Sergi Mingote at K2,” Sanchez tweeted
. “He wanted to continue making history by being part of the first expedition to crown this mountain in the middle of winter and a tragic accident has ended his life. A big hug for the loved ones of this great athlete.”
K2, part of the Karakoram Range that straddles the Pakistan-China border, is the second-highest mountain in the world at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet).
on Mingote’s official Instagram account said: “Rest in peace Sergi. Today you start a new climb.”
Just a day earlier, the mountaineer had shared a post
announcing that he was on day 27 of his climb and had reached 7,000 meters.
Chhang Dawa Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who is leading the K2 winter expedition, said on Instagram
that Mingote “suddenly fell down.”
“We [were] informed by unexpected movement on his GPS tracker
and could see he made a big fall, members at the site quickly confirmed the accident, but couldn’t do much to help him anymore,” Sherpa said.