Mountaineers Shehrooz Kashif, Fazal Ali. Army coordinating high-risk operation to save

Mountaineers Shehroze Kashif (L) and Ali Fazal (R). — Instagram

Gilgilt: The Pakistan Army has been coordinating a high-risk rescue operation for the past 24 hours to bring back stranded mountaineers Shahroj Kashif and Fazal Ali from Nanga Parbat.

Pakistani climbers went missing two days ago while descending from the top of Nanga Parbat, but were traced a day earlier. The mountaineering duo on Tuesday climbed the ninth highest peak in the world, Nanga Parbat.

The army’s media wing said in a statement that Army aviation helicopters and a ground search team – including high altitude porters and rescue teams – have been pressed into service to rescue the climbers.

The ISPR said aviation pilots of the Pakistan Army flew two helicopter missions despite inclement weather conditions, but could not pick up the climbers due to thick clouds and very high altitude.

“Meanwhile, ground search team is also on hand with the stranded climbers who are presently at Camp-3 at an altitude of 21,000 feet. Army aviation pilots will fly again today subject to weather conditions as the ground team is trying to rescue the climbers at Camp-2,” it added.

Kashif’s father told geo news Earlier today his son – during a brief conversation from Base Camp – informed him that he was heading to Camp 2.