Stranded mountain climbers in Pakistan to be rescued

French climber Elisabeth Revol and Polish mountaineer Tomek Mackiewicz

French climber Elisabeth Revol and Polish mountaineer Tomek Mackiewicz

The French consul in Islamabad is following the rescue operation closely and is in touch with Revol's family, who are now in France, a French official said on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named publicly.

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

However, they were unable to reach Mackiewicz, who is suffering from snow blindness and altitude sickness, because of poor weather.

All five living climbers are expected to be evacuated by helicopter to the town of Skardu later on Sunday if weather permits.

Authorities are ready to launch an operation to rescue two European climbers stranded on Nanga Parbat, one of world's highest mountains in Pakistan, officials said. After climbing through the darkness at record speed, Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko had located Elizabeth Revol thanks to her Spot tracker and the lights of her headlamp, and after a short rest they began the hard descent down the Diamir Face. Pakistani helicopters had spotted Revol at about 6,700 metres on Saturday.

Tomasz Mackiewicz of Poland and Elisabeth Revol of France were trying to climb the 8,126-metre-tall Himalayan peak located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and known as the "killer mountain" among the mountaineer community.

"! Elisabeth #Revol found!", the Polish winter climbing team said on Facebook on Sunday.

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.

A crowdfunding campaign raised almost $140,000 to finance the rescue and support the wife and three children of Mackiewicz. "They will continue climbing up through the night", Gordon posted on the GoFundMe rescue page, which showed 74,000 euros ($92,000) had been raised by Saturday.

Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 23,000ft and is considered a climbers' paradise, but fatalities are also common. The first successful winter ascent of the mountain was made in February 2016.

Mackiewicz had tried to climb it on winter for six times but could not succeed, according to Haidri.

A Spanish and an Argentinian climber went missing on Nanga Parbat in July a year ago and are presumed dead.

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