Body of Tom Ballard found on ‘killer mountain’

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Two bodies found on Nanga Parbat have been confirmed as those of missing climbers Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi.

Mr Ballard, who grew up in Spean Bridge near Fort William, and his companion last made contact from the famous Himalayan peak in Pakistan at an altitude of around 20,700ft almost two weeks ago.

It had been reported mid week that the search had been called off, but was restarted after what were described as two ‘silhouettes’ were spotted on a route known to have been taken by the climbers.

Officials have now confirmed the sighting was of the missing men.

Italian ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo has now confirmed that it was Spanish climber Alex Txikon who found the bodies.

Mr Ballard, 30, is the son of Alison Hargreaves, who died descending from the summit of K2 in 1995.

The bodies are reported to be in a place difficult to reach but Mr Pontecorvo said everything possible would be done to try and recover them.