Nanga Parbat lives up to its reputation as “The Killer Mountain” claiming three lives in the season

PicturePolish Rescue team with Pakistan Army Aviation team courtesy: Syed fakhar Abbas

​Tomek Mackiewicz is the third climber in the season who has been presumed “dead and missing” on Nanga Parbat in attempts to reach the top of the Killer Mountain. Nanga is the ninth highest and one of the deadliest mountains in the world after Ananpurna and K2 and it has lived up to its notorious reputation this year.

Tomek’s climbing partner Elizabeth Revol has been safely evacuated from an altitude of 6200m over the Kinshofer route in a daring rescue operation jointly conducted by Pakistan Army Aviation and Polish climbers Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko.  

Picture(R to L) Mariano Galvan and Alberto Zerain

Early this year, Spainiard Alberto Zerain and Argentinian climber Mariano Galvan were declared dead and missing after the rescue operations were suspended on June 28th, 2017.

​Considered two of the most accomplished technical climbers in the world, Zerain and Galvan were attempting the Mazeno ridge to the top of the 8,125m peak. ​

PictureRoute taken by Zerain and Galvan June 2017

Alberto’s last contact to the Base complained of bad weather and wet conditions.

“It’s snowing continuously, its snowy snow, because it’s not really cold, so it gets wet. It’s a very uncomfortable wait”. 

The duo was making gradual progress till 23rd when they crossed 6000m mark. On 24th, the tracker gave a location of 6270m but an hour later it relayed an altitude of 6110m and stopped working presumably on Auto-off mode. It was not turned on after that moment.

PictureAlbert Mummery died on Diamir side of Nanga Parbat August 1895

​Search and Rescue operation was launched traversing the last location marked by the tracker. Romanian climber Alex Gavan who was working on the Kinshofer Route on Diamir side, volunteered to carry out the rescue mission.

Reportedly, Galvan and Zerain were swept away in an avalanche near the top of the Mazeno Ridge. Their bodies were not recovered.

Before the first successful attempt of Nanga in 1953 by Austrian Herman Buhl, Nanga had already claimed 33 lives earning her the title “Killer Mountain”.