The journey to find two Icelandic climbers closed when their bodies were discovered at the end of a glacier in Nepal.
According to the Guardian reported that, Kristinn Runarsson and Thorsteinn Gudjonsson, two Icelandic mountain climbers were last seen on October 18, 1988, when they were 6,600 meters above Pumori in the Himalayas, located on the Nepalese border and the Western Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
Their bodies were found last month by an American climber at the end of a glacier underneath the climbing route. This shows that the victims seem to fall to the crack at the campsite.
Steve Aisthorpe, a 48-year-old Scottish climber, accompanied Runarsson and Gudjonsson on an expedition at Pumori, but fell ill and had to return. He spent several weeks later searching for two friends. “Finding the bodies of Thorsteinn and Kristinn after so many years certainly brings a lot of emotions to those who know and love these two great men”, Aisthorpe said.
A group of local climbers brought bodies to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and then cremated. Relatives of two climbers brought ash ashes to Iceland’s homeland. Aisthorpe revealed that the fiance of Runarsson is pregnant at the time of the tragedy and their son is 30 years old.
“In ever felt lonely like the day we went back to the camp where we were. As I climbed up, I still hoped that Kristinn and Thorsteinn had gone down safely and were sleeping in a small red tent. Seeing the tent, I called out loudly, but only received silence again”, Aisthorpe recalled.
A helicopter searched the two climbers five days after they were last seen. Aisthorpe left the region after a few weeks of no friends. The Scottish climber expressed relief when the search journey finally ended, and planned to go to Iceland to meet the Runarsson family and Gudjonsson for condolences.