SOS from Rakaposhi

Karakorum

The three-member Pakistani-Czech expedition has run into trouble somewhere between 6,700 and 6,900m on Rakaposhi (7,788m) and have asked for rescue. They were descending after reaching the summit yesterday.

Wajidullah Nagri became the second Pakistani climber to summit Rakaposhi, after Sher Khan over 40 years ago. The other two, Peter Macek and Jakub Vicek, are from the Czech Republic.

Wajidullah Nagri (left) of Pakistan and his two Czech climbing partners, Peter Macek and Jakub Vicek. Photo: Twitter

At 5 pm yesterday, Nagri texted his family to say that they had just started going down from the top, Dawn reported. They sent the SOS sometime this afternoon or evening. An aerial rescue operation will have to wait until tomorrow at least since it is already dark in Pakistan.

Some media suggest that they may have climbed Rakaposhi by a new route, but this is unconfirmed. Previous reports stated that the climbers left Base Camp on September 1 via “the South Ridge”.

Wajidullah Nagri on Rakaposhi some days ago. Photo: Karim Shah/Twitter

The powerful French team of Helias Millerioux, Patrick Wagnon, and Yannick Graziani climbed the peak alpine-style last month, following the classic British route up the SW Spur. Two years ago, Japanese Kenro Nakayima and Kazuya Hiraide climbed a bold new line up the difficult south face, which won them the 2019 Piolet d’Or.

Rakaposhi is the only mountain in the world whose climb involves gaining over 5,000 vertical metres from BC to summit. The impressive peak is visible from wide areas in Gilgit. “With a zoom lens, the summit ridge is clearly visible from Jutyal, in Gilgit,” local climber Karim Shah wrote.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Marie
Marie
4 days ago

The names of the Czech climbers are Peter Macek and Jakub Vicek. Let’s hope for the best!

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Marie
Marie
4 days ago
Reply to  Marie

More information on their joint project: https://m.facebook.com/JakubWorldByBike/

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Apy
Apy
4 days ago
Reply to  Marie

The name is Vlcek. His FB
https://www.facebook.com/JakubWorldByBike/

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Apy
Apy
4 days ago
Reply to  Apy

In his FB posts Jakub says they suffered intestinal problems before the climb and that they would have good weather only till Friday. He also said they would climb via the 14km SW ridge.

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Apy
Apy
4 days ago
Reply to  Apy

From local social media, it would appear that one of the Czechs got sick. The others are OK but waiting for rescue. Abdul Joshi to lead the ground effort. Too high for helicopters.

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Marie
Marie
4 days ago
Reply to  Apy

Thank you, just saw your comment after posting the link as well…

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Apy
Apy
4 days ago
Reply to  Marie

Thanks. “They are feeling better now and trying to come down.” Encouraging news..

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Mark
Mark
3 days ago
Reply to  Apy

Tomorrow, a rescue helicopter fly over to my place , it was mostly cloudy , infact some of the areas are raining, I pray to everyone are safe, and come back there homes happily.

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Jerry Kobalenko
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4 days ago
Reply to  Marie

Thanks, corrected.

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Imran Akhtar
Imran Akhtar
3 days ago

Today pilots made three attempts despite bad weather and cloud base at approx 18000 at places but couldn’t spot them. On last attempt they were able to spot two flags blue and red color (reportedly) and climbers are more ahead of those. Due to fast approaching clouds and landing ceiling of helicopter they had to go back. Tomorrow morning if sky is clear and we hope it’s clear, pilots plan to attempt rescue. Let’s hope they can find a place to land as height is too much for any helicopter to land.

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