Russian mountaineer feared dead after falling from 26,000 ft off Gasherbrum IV in Pakistan

09:39 PM | 7 Sep, 2023
Russian mountaineer feared dead after falling from 26,000 ft off Gasherbrum IV in Pakistan
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In a shocking turn of events, an award-winning Russian alpinist is feared to have been dead after falling from one of the world's tallest mountains in Pakistan and the world's 17th tallest mountain, officials said on Thursday.

The Russian mountaineer's probable death could potentially mark the fourth fatality in the Pakistan's 2023 summiting season.

The 40-year-old Dmitry Golovchenko has reportedly 'suffered a likely lethal fall' from the 7,925-metre (26,000-foot) Gasherbrum IV sometime last week, the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) said.

Golovchenko's partner Sergey Nilov also suffered injuries, but luckily made it back to the peak's basecamp on Pakistan's northeast border with China and was rescued out on helicopter on Wednesday, the ACP said in a statement.

ACP secretary Karrar Haidri told AFP the concern was raised by Golovchenko's wife, whom he was in contact while he was 'attempting a high-difficulty route,' and suspected that the veteran alpinist had fallen into a crevasse.

Authorities plan to launch a rescue effort on Friday, he added.

The Kremlin's embassy in Islamabad confirmed Russian mountaineers 'encountered certain problems' on Gasherbrum IV and said it was 'in direct contact with their families' in a statement to AFP.

Golovchenko and Nilov won a prestigious 'Piolets d'Or' award — also called the 'Oscars of the mountains' — in 2013 for their ascent of Pakistan's approximately 7,300-metre Muztagh Tower.

Golovchenko comes from 'a family of alpinists' and had been climbing with Nilov since 2002, his biography on the awards website stated.

The first reported casualty of Pakistan's summer climbing season was Polish national Pawel Tomasz Kopec, who died in July by suspected altitude sickness while descending 8,125-metre Nanga Parbat.

A Japanese national also reportedly fell to his death while climbing a never-scaled mountain in northern Pakistan in August this year.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530


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