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A Pakistani official said three climbers were stranded on Rakaposhi Mountain in Pakistan during their descent and efforts are being made to rescue them by helicopter.

ISLAMABAD – Three climbers stranded on Rakaposhi Mountain in Pakistan as they descended and efforts were made on Sunday to rescue them by helicopter, a Pakistani official said.

Czech climbers Jakub Vicek and Peter Macek and Pakistani Wajidullah Nagri found themselves stranded in Rakaposhi Camp 3 at a height of 6,900 meters (22,640 feet).

Gilgit Baltistan government’s Tourism, Sports and Culture Minister Raja Nasir Ali Khan said in a tweet that the government has provided a helicopter rescue service. But he did not say whether the rescue operation had started.

Khan also tweeted that the Czech mountaineers started the climb without government permission.

“We expect all who participate in such expeditions to comply with laws and regulations for their own safety and well-being in the face of emergencies,” Khan said.

Officials from the Pakistan Alpine Club were unavailable for comment and have not released any statements.

Located in the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, Rakaposhi is part of the Karakoram mountain range and is the 27th highest peak in the world.

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