A Canadian filmmaker on the K2 bottleneck


Image showing the K2 bottleneck. Photo: Instagram / eliasaikaly

Canadian filmmaker Elia Saikaly, who recently accompanied Sajid Sadpara to K2 in his search for the bodies of Ali Sadpara and his companions, shared a photo of the K2 bottleneck, the most dangerous part of the course, on Sunday.

Elia Saikaly recently accompanied Sajid Sadpara on his K2 summit in an effort to recover the lost bodies of Ali Sadpara and his companions, who had gone to the top of the mighty K2 in February this year.

The K2 bottleneck is the most used route to reach the top of K-2. Although this is the most dangerous part of the route, the bottleneck is the fastest route as it allows climbers to minimize the time spent above 8,000 meters – called ” death zone ”.

Saikaly wrote in his Instagram caption: “This crossing is one of the most iconic and dangerous obstacles in high altitude mountaineering. You fall here and you will die.

He recounted his experience walking through the bottleneck and simultaneously trying to capture it with his camera.

Elia Saikaly added that as a filmmaker he doesn’t have the luxury of just climbing, he has to think about video, plans and storytelling. Mentioning Ali Sadpara’s son, Saikaly added that he wanted to capture “Sajid crossing the crossing under the serac with the sunrise under him”.

He got the interview with Sajid standing at the edge of the “foot and a half wide path” sharing his feelings about coming face to face with his father after going through the most dangerous section of K2.

Elia Saikaly recounted his feelings at that time and wrote: “I didn’t have time to feel any pain or discomfort up there” and all he thought about at that time was adapt to each movement of Sajid.

He concluded that as a mountaineer, human being, and storyteller, all of his life experiences come together to make sure he tells a story.

Elia Saikaly wrote: “It felt like the sum total of all my experiences, in life, in loss, grief, creativity and performance came together to ensure we had both the logistics safely in place and the recorded media we needed to tell this story. ”


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