Pak-French team gearing up to undertake first summer expedition
ISLAMABAD—An-eight member Pakistani and French mountaineering team have reached at the base camp of GasherbrumII peak to undertake first expedition of this summer.
Also known as K4, the 8035m high Gasherbrum-II peak is located in GilgitBaltistan. It is the fifth highest mountain of Pakistan and 13th highest of the world.
“Yes, a joint PakistanFrench team, consisting of two French and six Pakistani climbers have reached at the base camp and will be embarking from there on the 45-day long expedition in next two to three days,” Karrar Haidri, the spokesman of Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) told APP on Wednesday. “The base camp is also serving as acclimatization camp as the climbers do trekking daily to get familiar with the conditions,” he added.
The expedition is led by Dr Philippe ARVIS, who has been frequently visiting Pakistan and attempting to ascend world’s highest peaks. Dr. Christophe FAISY is his other French fellow, who also undertook several climbing expeditions in Pakistan in the past.
Haidri said that so far a total of 40 summer expeditions had been confirmed adding, “it is pleasing to note that the number of expeditions has witnessed an increase during the past couple of years.”
Pakistan mountaineers include seasoned Hassan Jan, Ghulam Mehdi, Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Bashir, Zamir Ali and Zakir Hussain. Hassan has climbed over one dozen peaks, including the five highest peaks of the country, while Mehdi has also scaled five to six mountains.—APP