Rescuers have found the bodies of two climbers missing for almost a fortnight on a mountain in Pakistan.

Tom Ballard, whose mother died on K2, was climbing Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest mountain, with Italian Daniele Nardi when they lost contact on 24 February.

They set out on 22 February and last made contact while at about 6,300 metres.

A search operation was launched this week after four Spanish rescuers were flown to the area by military helicopter on Monday and were joined by Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara at base camp.

Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo said that the search team has confirmed that silhouettes spotted on the mountain were the bodies of Mr Ballard and Mr Nardi and that the search is over.

Tom Ballard is the son of Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to scale Mount Everest alone.

He was born in England and grew up in the Scottish Highlands.

Despite being dubbed "Killer Mountain" because of its dangerous conditions, the summit of Nanga Parbat has long drawn climbers.

Mr Nardi, 42, from near Rome, had attempted the Nanga Parbat summit in winter several times in the past.

In 2015 Mr Ballard became the first person ever to solo climb all six major north faces of the Alps in one winter.