Why is Killer Mountain so risky? British climber MISSING

Tom Ballard, top climber inspired by late mother Alison Hargreaves, is feared lost on Nanga Parbat

Tom Ballard, top climber inspired by late mother Alison Hargreaves, is feared lost on Nanga Parbat

A search flight was eventually able to scour the mountains after Pakistan reopened its airspace following a temporary closure over its growing tensions with India.

Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador in Pakistan, tweeted on Thursday morning: "Rescue helicopter to search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard is flying and approaching area of Nanga Parbat where they could be". However, according to the latest information published by Anna Piunova of www.mountain.ru, due to bad weather the helicopters had to turn around before reaching Nanga Parbat base camp.

Tom Ballard was climbing the mountain with Italian climber Daniele Nardi.

Tom Ballard, who was born in the Peak District, had been attempting to climb Nanga Parbat with Daniele Nardi, from Italy, but the pair have not made contact with their team since Sunday.

A tent and signs of an avalanche have been found during the search for a British climber who disappeared in the Himalayan mountains.

A Foreign Office spokesman said they were in contact with Pakistani authorities regarding Mr Ballard's disappearance.

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Ballard, 30, is an avid climber and son of Alison Hargreaves, who made history in 1995 when she became the first woman to climb Mount Everest unaided.

Why is killer mountain so risky?

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world and is notoriously hard to climb.

The mountain is one of the eight-thousanders - a group of mountains that are more than 8,000 metres in height above sea level. A number of deaths have earned it the label of "Killer Mountain".

Nanga Parbat (also known as Nangaparbat Peak or Diamir) is the ninth highest mountain on Earth and the 2nd highest in Pakistan.

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