Efforts to rescue climbers on Nanga Parbat begin today

Efforts to rescue climbers on Nanga Parbat begin today

Initial media reports suggested a two-member expedition team, comprising Polish mountaineer Tomek Mackiewicz and Frenchwoman Elisabeth Revol, had gone missing while trying to scale Nanga Parbat.

Two European mountain climbers, attempting to summit the peak, have reportedly struck on Nanga Parbat which is widely known as "Killer Mountain".

The two climbers were spotted by other climbers at the base camp of the mountain on Friday at an altitude of 7,400 meters.

"We should know by mid-day tomorrow".

Four Polish climbers attempting to reach the summit of K2 will join the rescue operation. "They will continue climbing up through the night", Gordon posted on the GoFundMe rescue page, which showed 74,000 euros ($92,000) had been raised by Saturday. Strong winds and freezing temperatures were making it hard for them to climb down the mountain, said media reports.


Mackiewicz has made six previous attempts to scale Nanga Parbat in winter.

The Polish foreign ministry said on Twitter that it would assist with the rescue operation, and "on the ground efforts are being coordinated by the Polish Embassy in Islamabad". According to her tracker, she was at 6,670m.

"Two army helicopters, carrying four rescuers, are undertaking the rescue mission", the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Saturday.

Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) and is considered climbers' paradise, but fatalities are also common.

Nanga Parbat, known to climbers as "Killer Mountain", is one of the most unsafe peaks to climb in the world. The first successful winter ascent of the mountain was made as recently as February 2016.

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