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Expeditions to Pakistan Bounce Back, Peak Fees Stay at 50%


by Editor

October 26, 2003

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Reports from Pakistan indicate that climbing expeditions to the country have begun to bounce back to pre-9/11 levels this year due to discounted peak fees and diminished fears of violence in the region. According to Nazir Sabir Expeditions, 56 climbing expeditions visited Pakistan in 2003, including six to K2 and five to Nanga Parbat. This is up from 29 expeditions last year though still down from the all-time high of 70 expeditions in 2001. Most of the expeditions reportedly are from Japan, Europe and Oceania; expeditions by North Americans remain below previous levels.

The 50 percent reduction in peak fees, initially instituted in 2002 to celebrate the International Year of the Mountains, will continue for a third year as Pakistan celebrates the golden jubilee of K2ís first ascent in 2004. Two Italian expeditions are scheduled to climb K2 simultaneously from Pakistan and China to celebrate the anniversary.The golden jubilee of Nanga Parbatís first ascent, originally scheduled for 2003 but postponed due to the Iraq conflict, also will be celebrated next year.

News courtesy of the American Alpine Club.

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