Islamabad (APP): A 13-member China-Pakistan Friendship Expedition will depart for Skardu from Islamabad on Tuesday to climb the 7027-metre high Spantik peak.
“The two sides of the Friendship Expedition comprise of both experienced and young climbers. Their leaders have climbed various mountains, including 8,000-metre high peaks,” President Alpine Club of Pakistan Lt Col (retd) Manzoor Hussain said at a news conference here.
He said that the Friendship Expedition was being sponsored by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said since 1995 Pakistan and China had launched eight joint expeditions to high mountains, including Mt. Everest, and had successfully climbed K-2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-I and II.
About the objectives of the expedition, he said it was aimed at strengthening friendly relations between the two countries in the field of mountaineering and climbing. “It will also provide an opportunity for interaction and fostering friendship between young mountaineers and climbers from both sides,” he added.
Manzoor said the expedition would help evolve and institutionalise youth mountaineering and climbing exchange programmes between the two countries. “It will also promote and popularise mountain tourism of Gilgit-Baltistan amongst Chinese, especially youth,” he said.
He said bonds of friendship between Pakistan and China were very close; higher than the mountains and deeper than the seas.
Both Pakistan and China share not only common borders but also one of the most spectacular and magnificent mountain ranges – the Karakoram, including four of the world’s high peaks rising above 8000 meteres namely K-2 (8611m), Gasherbrum-I (8068m) Broad Peak (8047m) and Gasherbrum-II (8-35m). Teams are as under.