Three stranded mountaineers rescued in northern Pakistan
Two Czech and one Pakistani climbers, who were stranded due to bad weather at Rakaposhi mountain in northern Pakistan, were rescued on Wednesday, an official said.
“Wajidullah Nagri and two fellow climbers Peter Macek and Jakub Vicek from the Czech Republic, who were stranded due to bad weather at a height of 6900m (22,638 feet) at Rakaposhi, (have been) finally rescued by Pakistan Army aviation,” Karrar Haidri, secretary-general of Alpine Club of Pakistan, the country’s official mountaineering organization stated.
The climbers were stranded last week while descending after summiting 7,788-meter (25,551-foot) high Rakaposhi, located in the scenic Gilgit-Baltistan region, which borders neighboring China.
The rescue operation took several days due to inclement weather as the climbers descended nearly 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) down to be airlifted by the army helicopters.
Food items and ropes were dropped by the helicopters to help the stranded mountaineers survive.
In February, Pakistan’s iconic climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland, and JP Mohr from Chile lost their lives, while attempting to ascend the world’s second-highest peak K2.
Gilgit-Baltistan is at the confluence of the world’s greatest mountain ranges – the Karakoram.
Rich in history, culture, and natural beauty the area which also remained a center of rivalries between Russian, British and Chinese empires has been a cynosure of trekkers and adventure tourists over centuries.
The region is home to six peaks of over 8,000 meters (26,247 feet), including K2.