Pak-French team gear­ing up to un­der­take first sum­mer ex­pe­di­tion

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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