kamil wrote:Was it at the Kazakh or Kirgiz side? Do you know any more details?
That must've been a different party and a different guy named Piotr... I reckon Kazakh rescuers would know if those Piotr and Michal had been found.
The Poles planned to reach the Northern Inylchek glacier via the Pass 11. They most probably went missing in the high mountain (alpine) zone.
According to the search group leader, at the end of August another two alpinists went from the Northern Inylchek glacier to Pass 11, from where they continued their ascent of Peak 11 along the ridge in the westerly direction. A helicopter flight was also conducted above the slopes of the peak and the pass at the side of the Bayankol valley. At the beginning of October a group of three alpinists searched the slopes of the Sary-Dhas range, also from the Bayankol side. No trace of the missing climbers’ presence has been found. It also turned out that the route at the map, given to the Poles by the Kazakh agency that hosted them, was marked erroneously. It is therefore highly probable that they turned their steps to the edges of the Bayankol gorge where they lost their way.
(here goes a schematic map with descriptions)
Unfortunately the agency did not insist strongly enough that the Poles should hire a guide.
A wrong route was shown to them.
The agency staff only realised 10 days later that the guys have not reached their target point.
It seems to me they acted quite irresponsibly in the situation when their clients have gone missing.
Taking into account the shortcomings of the hosting agency, I therefore cordially ask everyone – please help the Kazakh alpinists in the search for the missing Poles. Traces of their presence may be found both at the Bayankol side and in the area of Northern Inylchek. Their families also still hope that they could have gone to the Siemionov glacier towards the west, into the river Sary-Dhas valley, or maybe changed their direction due to a fatal mistake and enter the Chinese territory.
If you are staying in this area, please pay special attention to any traces of human presence. If you find anything suspicious, use the contact details given above or contact us in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh authorities or media.
I also personally ask you not to take risks. Do not enter areas unknown to you without having thoroughly studied your route and becoming familiar with local conditions. You would rather pay a couple hundred dollars to a guide who knows the route, rather than risk your life and the happiness of your near and dear ones. This concerns not only Kazakhstan but any other mountainous area as well.
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