Nine women mountaineers from Shimshal valley started the first ever double-header women winter expedition for Mingligh Sar (6050 meter) and Vulyoo sar (6030 meter) on Wednesday, December 29.
The 20 days double-header expedition, organized by Shimshal Mountaineering School – a mountaineering training institute in Shimshal, would be the first ever Pakistani winter expedition.
The expedition is part of the training program by Shimshal Mountaineering School. The training would be conducted by two renowned mountaineers Mr Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali and founders of the training institute.
Besides the two trainers, the nine women student climbers who are part of the expedition are Ms Dur Begum 30 years old, Ms Farzana Faisal 22, Ms Takht Bika 23, Ms Shakila Numa 25, Ms Mehra Jabeen 21, Ms Gohar Nigar 22, Ms Hafiza Bano 18, Hamida Bibi 18 and Ms Nahida Bibi 20.
The climbers have already been technically trained and two of them Ms Dur Begum and Farzana Faisal have already scaled a 6000 meter peak.
Before heading for the expedition, the school organized a three days acclimatization and training session in which they attempted the famous Ice Wall and Shifkateen Sar – a below 6000 meter peak.
Before heading for the expedition, all the climbers were quite excited and were determined about their mission.
“Although its quite tough job climb in winter but we are quite hopeful and will try our best to make the expedition a success”, said Ms Dur Begum who is the leader of the expedition team.
She further added that this first ever women winter expedition would play an important role to promote women mountaineering in the country.
“We want to set an example for the women of Pakistan that they can also adopt mountaineering as a sport as practiced in the other part of the world and that they the women of Pakistan are not behind anyone else” said Farzana Faisal, deputy leader of the expedition team.
While giving detail about the expedition, the trainers Mr Shaheen Baig and Mr Qudrat Ali said that it would take three days to reach to the base camp of Minglig Sar. The team would have a three days rest at the base camp in order to acclimatize the climbers and then keeping in view the weather condition, the team would first attempt for the 6050 meter high peak Minglig sar and then subsequently we would plan for the second peak Vulyo sar which is 6030 meter high.