friends, We are pleased to inform you that the world's
highest border crossing at the Khunjerab pass has
been opened to tourist traffic from July 01, 2003. It
was to open on May 01 but was allowed to remain closed
on account of SARS scare. The epidemic is now reported
under control in China. Tibet which has also remained
closed to outsiders is opening from July 1, 2003. This
augurs well for tourism in our Himalayan countries.
I am also glad to update you
that since the start of this season a positive trend has been visible in
arrivals with over 56 expeditions and trekking groups now busy in our
mountains. With easing of tensions between India and Pakistan this trend is
going to gather further momentum. You may already know Pakistan Ambassador Mr.
Aziz A. Khan has reached New Delhi and his counterpart is expected here
shortly and many other positive measures to follow soon including opening of
air routes, trains and friendship bus between Lahore and New Delhi.
The Federal Minister for
Tourism Rais Munir Ahmed has assured mountaineers of complete safety and
security in the Northern Areas. He has issued a letter of invitation for
circulation in the media.
We are pleased to take this
message to all of our old and new patrons.
Nazir Sabir Expeditions, as
you are aware is operating trips in Sinkiang and Tibetan regions of China and
welcomes its friends and patrons to cross the border under its excellent
Another significant news from
mountaineering point of view is Slovenian climber Tomaz Humar' solo attempt of
Nanga Parbat from the Rupal Wall. He will make yet another history if he
summits the killer mountain from this route. (Please see below).
Best regards, Nazir Sabir
NANGA PARBAT CELEBRATIONS
START WITH HUMAR’S HISTORIC CLIMB: Nanga Parbat, worlds ninth highest mountain
at 8125m will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first climb in 1953
(by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl) with the climb of Tomaz Humar world’s most
celebrated climber of today who is attempting a new route on the 5000m Rupal
Face, world’s tallest precipice. The 8-member Kazakh expedition has already
summitted, as well as famous American Ed Viesturs who is now going to Broad
Peak with his French companion Jean Christophe Lafaille. They are part of a
larger expedition comprising 22 persons on a multiple mission.
The Slovenian climber who
arrived in Pakistan last week, is regarded as one of the top mountaineers of
our time since he came into prominence after his ascent of the South face of
Dhaulagiri in 1999. His focus has been on the most difficult routes on all
the Himalayan mountains he has climbed. The present route which he has chosen
on Nanga Parbat, the killer mountain, is a tricky way up that once Humar is on
it, he will have to negotiate his return only by reaching the summit and
descend either along the Messner route or down the Diamir face. If he succeeds
in this it will be one of the greatest achievements in contemporary
mountaineering. Reinhold Messner the world renowned climber has already dubbed
the route as a unique climb that only one in a thousand climbers can probably
The climb will be filmed and
reported world wide. It is going to be the mountaineering event of the year, a
befitting event for the Golden Jubilee of Nanga Parbat itself. Pakistan’s ace
mountaineer Nazir Sabir is providing ground support to the expedition which is
already camped at the Base Camp.
The week- long Golden Jubilee
Celebrations were programmed for early June but these were postponed on
account of the Iraq crisis. Now these will take place in the last week of
September this year. Prominent Nanga Parbat summiteers are expected to
participate in the activities that will include a conference, a trek to the
mountain’s Base Camp and launching of a welfare project for the people of the