Local foundation organizes very first ski and mountaineering camp in Chitral

The Pakistan Youth Outreach Foundation – in collaboration with the Hindukush Mountaineering and Adventure Club – organized the first ever ski and mountaineering training camp in the Qaqlasht Valley. Photo: Geo.tv/document

KARACHI: In order to promote winter sports in Pakistan and identify winter tourism opportunities in the northern regions of the country, a local foundation organized a winter sports training camp on the snow-covered fields from Qaqlasht in the Chitral Valley.

Qaqlasht – which means dry land – is a flat land located about 80 kilometers north of the city of Chitral. While the valley attracts many people in the summer, the extreme temperatures make it difficult to survive in the winter.

However, the Pakistan Youth Outreach Foundation – in collaboration with the Hindukush Mountaineering and Adventure Club – organized the very first ski and mountaineering training camp in the Qaqlasht Valley.

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“The event was held during the coldest time of the year. The camp brought together a total of 50 daring participants from various regions including Lahore, Faisalabad, Lower Chitral, Kalash, Mastuj, Booni, Broghil and Hunza.

“Girls from Shimshal, Chitral and Punjab actively participated in the event,” said organizer Mirza Ali Baig.

The camp brought together a total of 50 daring participants from various regions including Lahore, Faisalabad, Lower Chitral, Kalash, Mastuj, Booni, Broghil and Hunza. Photo: Geo.tv/document

“There were coaches from Shimshal and a ski coach from Austria. They trained the participants in basic skiing and mountaineering skills, ”added Baig, who is also the brother of world-renowned Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig, and one of only two Pakistanis to have climbed. the seven highest mountains of the seven continents.

Baig added that Julian from Austria and Mansoor Kareem from Shimshal trained participants in skiing, while Arshad Jon, Ahmed Baig and Samana Rahim from Shimshal trained participants in basic mountaineering techniques.

“Basic mountaineering training included an introduction to climbing equipment and teaching essential climbing knots in mountaineering.

A team of nine participants managed to climb a small peak in Qaqlasht. Photo: Geo.tv/document

“Under their leadership, a team of nine participants – including four girls and five boys – managed to reach a small peak in Qaqlasht,” he said.

“The participants climbed up to 400m on a very steep route in deep snow for the very first time,” he added.

According to the organizers, the aim of the event was to engage the youth of Chitral in winter sports, promote tourism in the region and promote cultural interaction and harmony.

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