(Karrar Haidri, ExplorersWeb Pakistan) The women mountaineering team from Shimshal Valley located in upper Hunza, Gilgit, visited the President of the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP), Lt Col (Retd) Manzoor Hussain, at ACP's office at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad.
The team, comprising eight women aged 18 to 24, was accompanied by their guide, Sajjad, and instructor, Mohammad Abdul. The team had climbed peaks situated near Shimshal, namely Mt. Julio Sar (6,035 meters) on September 26, 2012, an unnamed peak (6,050 meters) on September 29, and Mt. Quz Sar (5,950 meters) on Oct 1, 2012.
These women climbers, namely Hafiza Bano, Mehra Jabeen, Bibi Hameeda, Nadeema Sehar, Shakila Numa, Takhtbika, Shehrbano Saiyid, who live in Shimshal, belong to the local mountaineering school, which was set up many years ago and is being supported by Simone Moro, famous Italian mountaineer who made the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m) in 2011.
While congratulating the girls on their success, the ACP President appreciated their spirit and efforts in undertaking the challenging sports of mountaineering and climbing. He mentioned that ACP is making endeavors to promote mountaineering amongst women since 1979 when the first ever women mountaineering course was conducted by the Alpine Club at Nilt, Gilgit.
He informed that ACP is planning to launch a women mountaineering expedition during the coming summer and some of the women climbers from Shimshal will be included in it.
On the occasion the ACP President presented an Alpine Club shield and ACP book, Unique Mountains, to the team.
Karrar Haidri, ExplorersWeb Pakistan correspondent and Member of the Executive Council Alpine Club of Pakistan & Media Coordinator, was present at the occasion.
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