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  Nazir Sabir checks in from Pakistan


Dear 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 arrangements.

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 achieve.

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 area.

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