On 25th January 2018 Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz reached the summit of Nanga Parbat 8126m in Pakistan. The French-Polish team climbed the Messner-Eisendle-Tomaseth route in alpine style, with minimal support and equipment and without oxygen. Unfortunately, Tomek became ill after summitting and their descent turned into a rescue ordeal that is as yet inconclusive, with Elisabeth undergoing treatment for frostbite in France and Tomek officially reported missing on the mountain.
Soon after reaching the summit it became apparent that Tomek had suffered severe frost bite, snow blindness and altitude sickness. They quickly began descending and spent the night in a crevasse at approximately 7400m. The next day Tomek's condition deteriorated and with Elisabeth's assistance he managed to get down to camp 4 at 7200m. Exhausted herself, Elisabeth called for rescue and continued to descend on her own, leaving Tomek in a shelter with a sleeping bag and a gas stove.
In the meantime, members of the Polish Association of Alpinism (PZA) winter K2 expedition, directed by Krzysztof Wielicki, expressed their readiness to undergo a rescue operation. However, a delay was caused by the the Pakistani army awaiting the warranty from the Polish government to secure the payment for two helicopters and pilots. At the same time, an internet crowd-funding petition started by a friend and fellow mountaineer, Masha Gordon, managed to raise the required amount of money for the rescue to go ahead.
After a night spent in a shelter at Camp II, Adam and Denis began to lower Eli off down the Kinshofer wall. Later on that day, all three reached Camp I, where Elisabeth was taken by helicopter to the hospital in Islamabad.
The prompt and extremely well-organised rescue effort was highly praised by the climbing community worldwide.
After a four year break, she joined Tomek Mankiewicz in his winter attempts of Nanga Parbat and in 2015 they reached 7800m. In May 2017 Revol soloed Lhotse without oxygen. She also attempted an oxygen free ascent of Everest in the same year. On 25th of January 2018, Elisabeth and Tomek reached the summit of Nanga Parbat. She was the second ever woman to climb an 8000m peak in winter after the Swiss climber Marianne Chapuisat, who climbed Cho Oyu 8188m in 1993. Elisabeth and Tomek were also the second-ever team to climb Nanga Parbat in winter. Last year the summit was reached by Simone Moro, Alex Txikon and Muhammad Ali Sadpara. Tamara Lunger, who was part of the team, didn't manage to reach the summit due to severe altitude sickness, stopping less than 100 below the summit.
As the cost of the rescue helicopters has now been fully covered by the Polish government, all money raised so far on crowd funding platforms will now be donated to support Tomek's wife and his three children.
The video below is Tomek talking about his preparation for the Nanga Parbat ascent.