Islamabad: As many as five climbers of the Pakistan K2 Expedition reached the K2 mountain Camp-2 at 6,800 meters on Sunday. They also installed doom tents at the K2 Camp -2 and completed fixing of the rope along the route from Camp-1 to the Camp-2, said Munir Ahmed, the spokesperson of the Expedition and the Communication Consultant with the Ev-K2-CNR, while updating the media from the Ev-K2-CNR Islamabad office.
A release here said, “Pakistani mountaineers are using the almost abandoned route called Abruzi Spur (Southeast ridge) that was first climbed by Italian expedition in 1954. This is said to be the closest to a “normal” route on the K2 mountain, but is still very difficult and statistically the most dangerous one. Despite of all odds, these daring mountaineers stepped up on the Camp-2, and fixed ropes along the mountaineering route Abruzi Spur that was used by the Italian expedition 60 years back, and these mountaineers are using the same route to celebrate the first ascent.
Munir Ahmed said, “The technical operations head of the Pakistan K2 Expedition Maurizio Gallo, an Italian expert mountaineer and trainer, while talking to the Islamabad office by a satellite phone termed the Pakistani mountaineers very strong and skilful in climbing even in the windy and snowing weather. They reached the Camp-1 when there was a meter high fresh snow and now the strong winds could not stop them. Maurizio believed that Pakistani mountaineers are strong, brave and courageous enough to meet the challenges while rediscovering the almost abandoned route Abruzi Spur at the abode of snow – the 2nd highest mountain in the world. Usually, the mountaineers need to be acclimatized in a week or two, but for the participating Pakistani mountaineers, the K2 seems to be there home.”
Munir told this scribe that another three climbers of the Pakistan K2 Expedition would spend night at the K2 Camp-1. In the coming days, the mountaineers would shift the necessary goods, equipment and food to the Camp-2.
Pakistan K2 Expedition is the first-ever all-Pakistani mountaineers venture endorsed and supported by the Gilgit-Baltistan government. As many as eight new mountaineers from Gilgit-Baltistan have been sponsored by the Italian organization Ev-K2-CNR to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of K2 by an Italian expedition on July 31, 1954. The Pakistani team started their journey on June 14, 2014, and reached the K2 Base Camp on June 21, 2014.
The Team leader is Muhammad Taqi, skilled alpinist that was leader also at the Broad Peak, with him are Hassan Jan (climber leader), Muhammad Sadiq, Ghulam Mehdi, Ali Durrani, Ali Rozi, Muhammad Hassan, Rehmat Ullah Baig. This Pakistani team successfully climbed the Broad Peak last year. In the last 60 years different single Pakistani climbers reached K2 summit, but there had been no all-Pakistani mountaineers’ team to attempt the most famous mountain of the country.
Agostino Da Polenza, president Ev-K2-CNR who reached K2 Summit from north side in 1983, and has been the team leader of three expedition on K2, met the G-B mountaineers that last year at the Broad Peak Base Camp. He says, “Receiving my compliments the Pakistani mountaineer told me their dream to climb K2 and asked for help. I was glad to help them. So here we are, the expedition has reached the Base Camp, and I hope that all Pakistani mountaineers will reach the summit. Our technical team experts, Maurizio Gallo, Michele Cuccchi, and Simone Origone are there to guide and help the Pakistani mountaineers.”
Agostino said, “This would also a project useful to promote the Central Karakuram National Park, with its new Management plan on which EvK2CNR also worked during this last 5 years very hard together with the Karakoram International University, and the Gilgit Baltistan Government. This is the K2 National Park and it is very important now to promote this extraordinary land.”
At the base camp, for the scientific mission there would be Ev-K2-CNR researchers, and also a documentary-maker, Daniele Nardi, who will report the entire expedition to international channels.