“The bodies of the climbers were found at an altitude of around 6,500 meters,” a spokesperson for the Alpine Club Pakistan told the DPA news agency on Wednesday.
Matthew (left) is considered the champion of mountain adventures for Australian rock climbers. Source: Facebook / Pratik Bahadur Khatri
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official said consular assistance was being provided and offered condolences to friends and family of the Australian climber.
“Gone too soon but you will always be in our hearts and memories. You were [a] pillar of support and inspiration for too many people, including us.”
Matthew Eakin founded Mountaineers Downunder, an online group to unite Australians dedicated to mountaineering. Source: Facebook / Encourage Duwadi
Another friend said, “23 years of knowing you forever. I will always see your smile in the clouds. Rest easy my dear friend on the mountains you loved.”
“Just heartbreaking…Matt grabbed life by the throat and squeezed it for all it was worth…He lived so many lives in his lifetime and died pursuing his passion,” said writes another.
Matthew is considered a “legend” by those close to him online. Source: Facebook / Alessandro Corazza
Asghar Ali Porik, of tour operator Jasmine which organizes climbs, said a team of more than 20 porters were “attending a mission to recover the bodies of the climbers”.
Additional reporting by Rayane Tamer.