Sat. Sep 21st, 2019

Mountaineering training concluded in Passu

Farzana, hailing from Shimshal, received the "Stefania Benuzzi Award" for her best performance during the training.
Farzana, hailing from Shimshal, received the “Stefania Benuzzi Award” for her best performance during the training. Photo: Meharban Karim

Saima Aziz

Passu: The 15 days long specialized environment friendly mountaineering training has successfully concluded at Passu village in Gojal tehsil of Hunza.  The twenty-three successful trainees included three mountaineers from Wakhan Afghanistan and seven young girls from Pakistan.

Mutabiat Shah, Member Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, along with other guests of honor distributed certificates among the participants. Based on the assessments, 12 trainees received certificates as Instructors, 6 as trekking guide and 5 as Assistant trekking guides.

Farzana, hailing from Shimshal, received the “Stefania Benuzzi Award” for her best performance during the training.  Zahid Ahmed from Passu was declared as the best participant among the beginners.

Jamil Uddin, RPM AKRSP Gilgit, Yasir Hussain; Deputy Director Tourism, DC Hunza-Nagar, Dr. Hermann Kreutmann, Col. (Rtd.) Sher Khan and President Ismali Councils for Gulmit and Hunza were also present at the occasion. The guests lauded the efforts of Mountain Wilderness and AKF for empowering youth in marketable skills in niche areas.

The training course was arranged by Mountain Wilderness Italy in collaboration with Aga Khan Foundation and Alpine Club of Pakistan. The purpose of this course was 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.

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

5 thoughts on “Mountaineering training concluded in Passu

  1. Thank you AKRSP, Mountain Wilderness and Alpine Club of Pakistan for jointly conducting a successful mountaineering training in Passu. Professor Carlo Alberto Pinelli, Italian Mountaineer who was the key trainer deserves a big applause.

    Undoubtedly Farzana Faisal made us proud by receiving Stefania Benuzzi Award for her best performance during the training. It clearly shows that our youth has a lot of potential to grow if given an opportunity. Yet another achievement from Shimshal after Samina Baig’s successful Mt. Everest Summit in May this year.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/591020/if-a-girl-can-climb-a-mountain-there-is-nothing-she-cannot-do/

  2. Thank you to Mountain Wilderness, Alpine Club of Pakistan and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme for organizing this useful training in Passu, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan.

    We must thank Prof. Carlo Alberto Pinelli well know Italian Mountaineer for all his vision and leadership in putting together the concepts and actions that benefits mountain people of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Our friend Prof Hermann Kreutmann as usual always supports activities that are most relevant our mountain people and you deserve our big thank you. It is good to see Mutabiat Shah, Member Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, DC Hunza-Nager, President Ismaili Council, Jamil RPM AKRSP, DD Yasir Hussain Tourism and all there at the event.

  3. I just forgot vital things in my previous post—- congratulation to Ms Farzana, from Shimshal,for receiving “Stefania Benuzzi Award” for her best performance . Mr. Zahid Ahmed from Passu as the best participant among the beginners and all participants specifically the women.

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