Officials announced Tuesday that a Polish mountaineer died after summiting the world’s ninth-highest peak, becoming the first casualty confirmed in Pakistan’s climbing season.

Pawel Tomasz Kopec died on Monday from “acute altitude sickness” while descending from the 8,125-metre (26,656-foot) Nanga Parbat, considered one of the world’s most dangerous climbs with a recorded one-in-five fatality rate, according to the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

Pakistan is home to five of the world’s 14 mountains above 8,000 metres, including the Himalayan peak Nanga Parbat, which got the moniker “killer mountain” when more than 30 people perished attempting to climb it before the first successful summit in 1953.

According to Karrar Haidari, the club’s secretary, Kopec’s body is still at an altitude of 7,400 metres.

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