French mountaineer rescued on 'Killer Mountain' but Polish man missing

Nanga Parbat earned the nickname "killer mountain" after more than 30 climbers died trying to climb it before the first successful summit in 1953.

A Polish man and a French woman were attempting to ascend Nanga Parbat, which is 8,126 metres high, when they got stuck at 7,400m.

Pakistan has called off the search for a Polish climber, Tomasz Mackiewicz, who has been declared deceased.

Mackiewicz is reportedly in critical condition with snow blindness and altitude sickness.

Ms Revol, who has frostbite on her feet, was brought on Sunday to the Pakistani capital Islamabad for treatment at the Shifa International Hospital, officials said.

They were part of a Polish expedition seeking to become the first mountaineers to summit K2's peak during the winter, when good climbing days are rare.

Revol's situation has been communicated - where possible - by her team via her Facebook page - including her friend Ludovic Giambiasi - and the alarm was raised on Saturday, after Revol sent a distress signal.

A Pakistan army helicopter will pick them up from their base camp and fly to Nanga Parbat, he said.

Revol was later shifted to Islamabad and local TV footage showed her in a good condition.

"They were not tourists, they were very serious mountaineers", Gordon said of the two climbers. "It's a bad and painful decision", wrote Mr Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Ms Revol, in a series of updates on Facebook. All our thoughts go out to Tomek's family and friends.

Mackiewicz had tried to climb it on winter for six times but could not succeed, according to Haidri. "She has severe frostbite on her hands and feet", Giambiasi said.

In 2013, gunmen killed 10 foreign climbers and their Pakistani guide at the Nanga Parbat base camp.

Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 23,000ft and is considered a climbers' paradise, but fatalities are also common.

Iqbal Hussain, the head of the tourism department for Pakistan's Gilgit region, where Nanga Parbat is located, told Reuters that the rescue operation would begin on Saturday.

On June 27 previous 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.

  • Rogelio Becker