Operation to rescue stranded climbers in Pakistan to start on Saturday

An operation to rescue two climbers, Poland's Tomasz Mackiewicz and France's Elisabeth Revol, trapped near the Nanga Parbat summit in Pakistan, will begin on Saturday morning, the Polish Mountaineering Association announced on its website on Friday.

After an attempt to reach the summit, the two climbers encountered problems returning to their base.

Two helicopters will take four Polish climbers and equipment from a base at K2 to the side of Nanga Parbat where they will start the rescue operation, according to the statement.

On Friday, a rescue was prevented by difficult weather conditions, including strong winds and approaching nightfall.

According to Poland's RMF radio, Revol and Mackiewicz have been stuck at an altitude of 7,400 metres, where they spent the night. After a failed attempt to reach the 8,126 metre peak, Nanga Parbat, they are trying to descend to their base.