An Australian climber along with a team of local mountaineers has climbed a peak in Shimshal, says a post by the trekking company on its Facebook page. Two famous climbers, Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali, explored a new route to the top of the peak along with Karonny.
The 29-year-old Australian climber contacted the duo mountaineer friends through their mountaineering company, Shams Alpine, to get training in Shimshal Valley, famous for high altitude mountaineers and porters in Pakistan.
Despite harsh and unsuitable weather condition in the area the experienced mountaineers managed to reach the training area and after a week-long hard training, the team successfully made it to the summit of the peak on August 28, 2017.
“It is a wonderful and lifetime experience for me to get training on a real ground and climb the first time a peak of above 5,000m high in Karakorum mountain range”, Karonny said.
“Pakistan is a really wonderful country for adventure lovers” Fok, who reached back in Islamabad on September 1.
“I got information about Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali from the internet and was very curious to meet them, he said.
“I am lucky to get an opportunity of training from the two skilful instructors. Both were very cooperative and wonderful human being, he said.
I will come again to explore more areas in Pakistan, he said.
Answering a question he said there was a great misconception about Pakistan in international media, he said. My friends advised me not to visit Pakistan but I was very ambitious about mountaineering. Contrary to the stereotyping about Pakistan I found people very peaceful and friendly with foreigners.
I recommend the foreign tourists to visit this beautiful country’, said Fok.
Shimshal Mountaineering School
The Shimshal Mountaineering School (SMS) was established by Qudrat and Shaheen in August 2011 by putting their resources, time and expertise. They arranged basic technical orientation training, and expeditions for young women climbers for whom mountaineering had been an odd field. The first successful women winter expedition in 2010-2011 by the school in unfavourable conditions proved ground breaking for the women mountaineers and opened a new chapter in the history of mountaineering in Pakistan.
The school is engaged in promoting mountaineering and mountain-related adventure activities.
Qudrat has scaled Gasherbrum-II (8035m), Nanga Parbat (8125m), Manaslu in Nepal 8163m Gasherbrum-1 (8068m) and many other peaks ranging from 5,000m to above7,500m.
Shaheen has scaled K2 (8611m) during Golden Jubilee Celebration with a Spanish expedition team, participated in the K2 Magic Line Spanish Rescue mission to rescue the body of a Spanish Climber from the height of 6,400m. He also participated in a rescue mission at Passu Peak to rescue the body of a Japanese climber from Camp- II. Successfully climbed Jur Jur Sir expedition 6,700m, Gasherbrum-II (8035m), successfully scaled twice the Rashpari Peak (5090m) and Dir Gul Zom Peak (6778 m)
Qudrat and Shaheen have been striving for the promotion of mountaineering and galvanizing mountaineering as a profession among youth. For this purpose, they established the first mountaineering school.