ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (APP):The first ever International Conference on Mountains of Pakistan aimed at showcasing the majestic mountainous regions of Pakistan, and to highlight the opportunities for mountaineering, trekking, skiing, rock climbing, paragliding and kayaking would be held in Paris on Thursday (Oct 25).
The conference, being organised by Embassy of Pakistan and to be held at ‘Maison de l’UNESCO’ would also discuss eco-tourism and sustainable development of the mountains.
More than 500 enthusiasts and practitioners of alpinism and adventure sports are expected to attend the conference. Many tour operators and journalists of France and Pakistan have also been invited to attend the conference.
Specially prepared documentaries projecting tourism opportunities of Pakistan will also be screened during the conference.
The highlight of the conference are the three thematic panel discussions: Conquering the Heights, Discovering New Adventures, and Tourism: Sublime & Sustainable. The world renowned mountaineers, adventure sports specialists and experts on eco-tourism and sustainable development are part of the three panel discussions.
A special award ceremony ‘Spirit of Mountaineering Award’ by the British Alpine Club, to recognize the daring rescue operations of Pakistani pilots saving foreign mountaineers, is also part of the programme.
A number of activities have also been arranged on the sidelines of the conference. These include stalls by leading Pakistani tour operators, a virtual reality show to experience paragliding over the mountains of Pakistan with famous French paragliders Antoine Gerard and a photo-booth giving an opportunity to the guests to take photo in front of Pakistani mountains.
The conference will culminate with the performance of Pakistani famous instrumental band ‘Khumariyaan’ and traditional Pakistani dinner.