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Mountaineering course kicked off at Passu

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Ahmed Ali Khan

Passu, August 26, 2013: Mountain Wilderness Italy, under its Wakhi project, initiated a 15-day specialized mountaineering course for a group of 25 aspiring mountaineers, instructors, altitude porters and trekking guides from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The training which started on August 25 at Passu, Gojal-Upper Hunza will be concluded on September 9, 2013. The Environment Friendly Mountaineering Training also include three young tourism professionals from Wakhan, Afghanistan and seven young girls from Pakistan.

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The purpose of this project is to provide set of highly qualified mountaineers the capability to become mountaineering instructors as a step to become self sufficient in the development process of building a soft mountain adventure tourism infrastructure in Northern Pakistan.

Famous Italian mountaineers Professor Carlo Alberto Pinelli and other instructors of Mounatin Wilderness International are facilitating the course.

The training is being held in collaboration with Alpine Club of Pakistan and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).

Mountain Wilderness, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the preservation of mountain areas, has a worldwide reach with representatives on all continents.

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  1. Happy to know under the leadership of Professor Carlo Alberto Pinelli a (world famous mountaineer) this course has been organized and great to see women from Pakistan and Afghanistan are participating. I wonder if Samina Baig is part of the event as well!

  2. Amazing efforts by Professor Carlo Alberto Pinelli a (world famous mountaineer) and I agree, with Darjat Bhai. Samina Baig, should be facilitated so she can continue her mission by developing further local capacity in the region. … I am so glad to know there are Afghani girls as well in the team. Excellent, combination.

    Safida Begum
    New York

  3. Wondering!! This is tourism development signal in both countries Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    3 young male mountaineers from Wakhan – Afghanistan are part of the training not girls. But I hope the news become true that we have female mountaineers.
    Best wishes for all the participants.

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