A mountaineer has been rescued from Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” but her male companion is still missing.
Elisabeth Revol, from France and Tomasz Mackiewicz, from Poland, got into difficulties on Friday while climbing Pakistan’s second-highest peak, the 26,660ft Nanga Parbat.
A team of elite Polish climbers, who had been attempting the first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain, rushed to try to rescue them.
“!!! Elisabeth #Revol found !!!” the Polish winter climbing team said on Facebook.
Ludovic Giambiasi, Ms Revol’s partner, wrote on Facebook that two team members would descend with Ms Revol after resting in the open for a few hours.
He said they were not able to find Mr Mackiewicz and would have to leave without him.
Mr Giambiasi said: “The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible – because of the weather and altitude it would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger.
“It’s a terrible and painful decision. … All our thoughts go out to Tomek’s family and friends. We are crying.”
Pakistani military helicopters flying over Nanga Parbat had spotted Ms Revol during daylight on Saturday,
Russian climber Denis Urubko, who has dual Polish citizenship, together with Polish climbers Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor and Piotrek Tomala were then dropped off by the helicopters at about 4,900m (16,000ft) from where the first two began their ascent.
A helicopter, organised by the Polish Embassy in Islamabad, was due to carry Ms Revol and her rescuers to the Pakistani town of Skardu weather permitting, Mr Giambiasi wrote.
Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 23,000ft and is considered a climbers’ paradise, but fatalities are also common.
Nanga Parbat was dubbed “Killer Mountain” because of the high number of lives it has claimed. In June a Spanish man and an Argentinian perished in an avalanche while trying to scale its peak.
The first successful winter ascent of the mountain was made as recently as February 2016.
Mr Mackiewicz had made six previous attempts to scale Nanga Parbat in winter.