Gilgit-Baltistan: Mountaineering Expedition of Pakistan to Attempt K-2

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Islamabad (News): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Counsellor Tommaso Sansone, Deputy Head of the Italian Mission in Pakistan, handed over Pakistani and Italian flags to the Pakistani mountaineers at a media briefing arranged here Monday at the National Press Club.

The ceremony was arranged to send off Pakistan’s first ever mountaineering, scientific and environmental research expedition to K2. Some eight mountaineers from Gilgit-Baltistan have been selected by an Italian expert mountaineer Murizio Gallo with the support of Gilgit-Baltistan government and the Pakistani mountaineers who have climbed K2. Italian non-governmental organisation Ev-K2-CNR has supported this very Pakistani expedition with necessary funds, equipment, training, and technical assistance during the expedition. Two Italian mountaineers would be available to the Pakistan expedition for technical support and assistance in the hour of need.

President Ev-K2-CNR Agostino Da Polenza said K2 is the best brand that can uplift Pakistan’s image and the people are very hard working; they only lack resources that we the Italians are trying to provide the locals to help them to do the best for land and available resources. We are also inculcating awareness on the conservation of the local natural resources.

Counsellor Tommaso Sansone, Deputy Head of the Italian Mission in Pakistan, said Italian’s love for K2 began 1909, since then our people are associated with Karakoram area for its conservation and mainstreaming. We are happy to be associated with the K2 and the Karakoram. Domenico Brozzone, the head of development, talked about the SEED project, a major intervention in the Gilgit-Baltistan for climate research and mountaineering, and mountain development. He said the project interventions have changed life in the area and with the development of the Central Karakoram National Park, adventure tourism and biodiversity conservation would be the ace achievements.

He also informed about the K2 first ascent by the Italian expedition on July 31, 1954, when Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached for the first time ever the K2 summit, the most difficult mountain in the world. The success of that historical challenge was possible thanks to the support of the expedition’ Pakistani members, first among everyone Amir Mahdi, but also thanked to the Hunza porters that were along with Deosai team. Today the history is repeating but for the first time ever in fact an officially Pakistani team will attempt K2 summit

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