Pakistani mountaineers rescued from Mount Annapurna

A day after climbing Mount Annapurna, Pakistani climbers Naila Kiani and Shehroze Kashif Tuesday were rescued from the peak which stands at 8,091 metres, after their descent was disrupted due to bad weather.
Both Naila and Shehroze summited the world’s 10th-highest mountain in northwest Nepal on Monday.
“The efforts to rescue the two mountaineers who were stranded on Annapurna at 7000m have been successful,” said Karrar Haidry, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, in a brief statement.
“A helicopter was dispatched from Kathmandu to the higher camps of Annapurna, and the climbers have been safely picked up and taken to Annapurna Base Camp. Thank you to all the friends for their support and assistance in this matter.”
Naila is the first woman from the South Asian country to reach Annapurna’s peak, meanwhile, Shehroze is the youngest climber to summit 11 out of the world’s 14, 8,000-metre mountains. He is aiming to become the youngest to summit all 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.
Earlier, Indian climbers Anurag Maloo and Baljeet Kaur also went missing and efforts are underway to search and rescue them.
It must be noted that on Saturday, Pakistan’s Sajid Sadpara added another feather to his cap after summitting Annapurna without using supplementary oxygen.
According to ExplorersWeb, Annapurna is the most dangerous of all the 14 8,000’ers after K2. Its south side is a formidable ice face, while the normal north side route includes large sections exposed to avalanches and falling seracs.
Imagine Nepal’s Mingma G had also warned that conditions this season are particularly perilous.
“We had a drought all winter and now it is snowing almost every day. The effect is clear on Annapurna: deep snow, frequent avalanches, and several crevasses,” he said.