Mountaineer Rescued After Six Days on Karakoram Mountain Peak By Pakistani Military

After being trapped for six days at nearly 21,000 feet in the Karakoram mountain range, Russian climber Alexander Gukov has been rescued by the Pakistani Army.

Gukov was found by Pakistani military helicopters on the Latok 1 mountain in the Karakoram range following the death of his climbing partner Sergey Glazunov, according to a news release from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Gukov previously ran out of food and water three days before his rescue, and harsh weather made it a race against time for the military rescue to find the Russian.

“He was rescued, they are flying to the hospital of city of Skardu,” said rescue coordinator Anna Piunova in a statement. In her report, Piunova wrote that the military rescue used a sling operation to secure Gukov at 6,300 meters, and that the crew had been flying for around 45 minutes during that flight attempt before spotting the climber.

Originally, the rescue team was going to locate Gukov and then return to their base to refuel before executing the rescue. However, once the team spotted Gukov, they opted to try the sling rescue operation because the weather was conducive at the time.

The rescue was successful, and now Gukov is recovering at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi.

(Photo at top of article by Alexander Gukov – @gukovalexander at Mt. Hood)