Daring rescue of climber stuck on Killer Mountain

Pakistan to rescue two European climbers stranded on mountain

Pakistan to rescue two European climbers stranded on mountain

Nanga Parbat, in northern Pakistan, is the world's ninth-highest mountain at 8,125 metres (26,660 feet).

Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks higher than 7,000 metres.

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

Pakistan's military responded by picking up a group of Polish climbers attempting the ascent of K2, the world's second highest mountain, and taking them to base camp at 4,800 metres. "It's a awful and painful decision", wrote Mr Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Ms Revol, in a series of updates on Facebook.

"The K2 climbers who stopped their historic effort for a winter K2 summit will descend with Elisabeth Revol - one life saved", Alpine Club of Pakistan spokesman Karar Haideri said yesterday.

"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. Any extra money raised will now go to Mackiewicz's family.

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Mackiewicz was reported to be in a critical condition after developing frostbite and snow blindness, while Revol also reported frostbite.

Revol is now said to have been flown to Pakistani capital Islamabad for further medical treatment, and is expected to be transferred to a French hospital that specialises in treating severe frostbite, shortly. Masha Gordon, a Russian-born British businesswoman, set up a crowdfunding webpage to support the rescue efforts.

About 3am local time, Gordon posted an emotional update: "Urubko and Bielecki are with Elisabeth - info from two other climbers who are there and have radio contact with them", she wrote. "We are crying from happiness", Gordon posted on the GoFundMe rescue page, which showed almost $100,000 had been raised by Sunday.

In 2013, extremists shot dead 10 foreign climbers and their Pakistani guide at the Nanga Parbat base camp.

And yet, deaths continue to occur: in June 2017, a Spanish and Argentine climbing duo were killed on the mountain after being carried away by an avalanche. The first successful winter ascent of the mountain was made in February 2016. Mackiewicz had made six previous attempts to scale Nanga Parbat in winter.

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