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Mountain climbing faces sharp decline in Pakistan

Publication Date : 30-05-2014

 

The worst has come true for the Alpine Club, which has conceded that Pakistan is not a popular destination for mountain climbers this summer.

“Security and safety is the biggest deterrent for foreign climbers. Deaths of climbers at Nanga Parbat base camp, last year, are one of the major reasons why foreign mountaineers are staying away from Pakistan,” said President Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) Colonel Manzoor Hussain.

In June 2013, 11 foreign mountaineers and a Pakistani cook were shot in an act of terror. Though it spread fear amongst foreign climbers, many did not abandon their passion to continue climbing.

Col Hussain said that his office did its best to assure foreign athletes at various platforms that Pakistan is as safe as ever to conquer some of the highest peaks in the world.

However, this year only 26 climbing expeditions have applied for permits to climb five of the highest 8,000 metres plus mountains in Pakistan, out of a total of 14 in the world.

The worst has come true for the Alpine Club, which has conceded that Pakistan is not a popular destination for mountain climbers this summer.

“Security and safety is the biggest deterrent for foreign climbers. Deaths of climbers at Nanga Parbat base camp, last year, are one of the major reasons why foreign mountaineers are staying away from Pakistan,” said President Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) Colonel Manzoor Hussain.

In June 2013, 11 foreign mountaineers and a Pakistani cook were shot in an act of terror. Though it spread fear amongst foreign climbers, many did not abandon their passion to continue climbing.

Colonel Hussain said that his office did its best to assure foreign athletes at various platforms that Pakistan is as safe as ever to conquer some of the highest peaks in the world.

However, this year only 26 climbing expeditions have applied for permits to climb five of the highest 8,000 metres plus mountains in Pakistan, out of a total of 14 in the world.

 

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