Rescuers forced to make tragic choice on 'killer mountain'

29 January, 2018, 05:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Stranded mountain climbers on Nanga Parbat to be rescued

Elite climbers have scaled the treacherous slopes of Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" in pitch darkness in an extraordinary attempt to rescue two mountaineers.

Mountaineers were able to track part of the climbers' descent down the Nanga Parbat peak through a combination of Revol's messages and tracker.

According to the Deutsche Welle, Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz were climbing Nanga Parbat, when they got stuck at 7,400m (24,280ft) on Friday.

Ascending until the early hours of Sunday, they found Revol exhausted and suffering from frostbite, but an approaching snow storm prevented them from going higher for Tomasz.

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Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Revol, told The Guardian: "The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible - because of the weather and altitude it would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger".

All five living climbers are expected to be evacuated by helicopter to the town of Skardu later on Sunday if weather permits. Any extra money raised will now go to Mackiewicz's family.

"The military has two helicopters ready who will move four Polish mountaineers who are already on a summit on K-2 to Nanga Parbat for the rescue mission", he said.

Haidri said the rescuers are in the process of transferring Revol, who has frostbite on her feet and can not walk, to a nearby town. Masha Gordon, a Russian-born British businesswoman, set up a crowdfunding webpage to support the rescue efforts.

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Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) and is considered a climbers' paradise, but fatalities are also common. More than 30 climbers died on Nanga Parbat before it was eventually summited in 1953, according to the BBC.

Mackiewicz himself had already attempted to climb Nanga Parbat in winter six times previously.

The mountain was first summited in the winter in February 2016 by Italian alpinst Simone Moro and his team - Alex Txikon of Spain and Pakistani climber Ali Sadpara - who overcame frostbite and pummelling winds to reach the peak.

On June 27 past year, two mountaineers, Alberto Zerain, a Spanish alpinist, and Mariano Galvan, an Argentinian national, went missing while trying to climb the same peak, according to local reports.

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