ISLAMABAD, June 2 (APP): A joint expedition team of Pakistani and French mountaineers will depart here for Skardu on Thursday to ascend the 8035m high Gasherbrum-II peak.
The peak also known as K4 is the fifth highest mountain of
Pakistan and 13th highest of the world.
“A joint Pakistan-French expedition team, consisting of two
French and six Pakistani climbers is leaving for Skardu on
Thursday to embark from there on the first summer voyage of this year, next week,” President of Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) Col. (R) Manzoor Hussain told a news conference here at the Media Centre of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).
“The expedition is led by Dr Philippe ARVIS, who has
been frequently visiting Pakistan and attempting to ascend
world’s highest peaks,” he said adding that Dr. Christophe FAISY is another French member of the team, who also undertook several climbing expeditions in Pakistan in the past.
Manzoor said that this year a total of 35 summer expeditions had been confirmed. It is heartening to note that the number of expeditions has witnessed an increase during the past couple of years, he said.
He said seasoned Hassan Jan would lead the Pakistan
team, including Ghulam Mehdi, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Bashir, Zamir Ali and Zakir Hussain. â€œHassan has climbed over one dozen peaks, including the five highest peaks of the country,
while Mehdi has also scaled five to six mountains. Other members of our team are also experienced as we canâ€™t afford to send any inexperienced climber to scale such a high peak,” Manzoor added.
He said all Pakistani climbers, including Hassan Jan
had volunteered themselves for the expedition and not demanded any financial aid from the club.
Speaking on the occasion the two French climbers said that
they were regular visitors of Pakistan and always found
Pakistani people loving and caring.
Hassan Jan thanked ACP for facilitating Pakistani climbers
to undertake different expeditions. He also sought media’s
help for promotion of climbing in the country. “Our climbers
need your (media’s) support. They need your cooperation and encouragement,” he said.