Shehroze Kashif and Fazal Ali Shimshali, two trapped mountaineers, were rescued from Nanga Parbat by a Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter and taken to Gilgit, according to officials on Thursday.
In May 2021, Kashif, a 20-year-old native of Lahore in eastern Pakistan, became the nation’s youngest person to climb Mount Everest. He was the youngest person to ascend Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal earlier this month, and on Tuesday, July 5, he was the youngest person to ascend Nanga Parbat.
The Alpine Club of Pakistan claimed that Shimshali, who is from Shimshal of Hunza district in Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan, was also reported missing on Tuesday along with Kashif after becoming trapped in a blizzard.
According to deputy commissioner Diamer Fiaz Ahmad, “both trapped climbers have been rescued by army aviation aircraft on the order of GB chief minister.” They had both been escorted to Gilgit, the mountaineers.
The two were stuck on Nanga Parbat’s “Killer Mountain,” which is infamous for its hazardous conditions and is situated between Camps III and IV.
Due to severe weather on Wednesday, army helicopters were unable to perform a rescue operation, thus the climbers made their way on foot to Camp-I.
Kashif’s father had pleaded with Pakistan’s army chief earlier this week in a video clip to start a rescue effort to bring his son back, saying Nepalese climbers were prepared to do so if given access to aircraft.