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Missing Japanese climbers spotted in Pakistan's Karakoram range

10:10 PM | 13 Jun, 2024
Missing Japanese climbers spotted in Pakistan's Karakoram range
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SKARDU – Two missing Japanese climbers were spotted by helicopter on Thursday in Pakistan’s mountainous north, home to some of the world’s tallest peaks. However, their condition remains unknown, a tour operator reported.

Japanese climbers Ryuseki Hiraoka and Atsushi Taguchi were attempting to summit the 7,027-meter (23,054-foot) Spantik mountain in the Karakoram range when they went missing.

“The rescuers saw the climbers and recognized them by their clothes, but they could not determine their condition,” said Naiknam Karim, the CEO of Adventure Tours Pakistan (ATP), which organized the expedition.

The climbers were spotted during a military helicopter search on Thursday, but the operation was called off due to poor weather conditions.

“There has been no communication between the two Japanese climbers and officials at base camp since they started their expedition,” Karim stated. “They were last seen on June 10 above 5,000 meters.”

The alarm was raised on Tuesday by another team of Japanese climbers who arrived at Camp 2, around 5,650 meters, where Hiraoka and Taguchi were supposed to be.

The search is scheduled to resume on Friday.

“An 8-member rescue team, including five Japanese climbers, will ascend on foot to search for them,” Karim added.

Hiraoka and Taguchi reached base camp on June 3 and were attempting the climb without the help of porters.

Spantik, also known as the Golden Peak, is described as a “relatively accessible and straightforward peak” by another tourist company, Adventure Tours.

Pakistan is home to five of the world’s 14 mountains higher than 8,000 meters, including K2, the world’s second-highest peak.

According to official government figures, more than 8,900 foreigners visited the remote Gilgit-Baltistan region in 2023, where the summer climbing season runs from early June to late August.

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 14 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 14, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25  303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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