ISLAMABAD: First ever team of Pakistani climbers reaches the top pf K2 without using oxygen.
According to details, a team of six members reached the summit at 02:22 am PST today. The six climbers are Hassan Jan, Ali Durani, Rahmat Ullah Baig, Ghulam Mehdi, Ali and Muhammad Sadiq Sadpara. Three Italians are also part of the group. Sarwar Ali, a high altitude guide of the Nazir Sabir Expeditions, confirmed that “Six members reached the summit at 02:22 am PST today. Yes! Six mountaineers from Gilgit-Baltistan have scaled K2 at 2:22 am today (09:22 pm Friday),” he told AFP.
According a rough estimate about 300 have made to top of K2 which is very unlike Mount Everest that has been summited by nearly 3,500 young and old climbers. Many have died while attempting to climb it. K2 8,611-meter high peak is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. This triumphant endeavour was Pakistan’s first team effort, even though few individual Pakistani climbers have earlier climbed K2.
Local Gilgit-Baltistan government has sponsored this expedition and an Italian organisation Ev-k2CNR in order to mark 60th anniversary of the first ascent of K2 by Italian climbers on July 31, 1954. The information minister for Gilgit-Baltistan Ms. Sadia Danish said,” The local tourism industry had been badly affected by last year’s killings on Nanga Parbat base camp, the success will help in reviving it. Those tourists who had omitted Gilgit-Baltistan from their destination because of last year’s killings will now add it back” she said.
She went on to say that the local government was doing great labours to improve tourism in the area. Due to extreme snow condition last year, all efforts by climbers to go beyond Camp III failed and a mountaineer and his son from New Zeeland – Denali and Marty Schmidt died in this attempt when an avalanche hit them at the camp last year.