Pakistani mountaineers will attempt to summit K2, the highest peak in Pakistan and the second in the world, on Friday, said a spokesperson for the expedition.
Mountaineers on the first-ever Pakistani team reached camp three on Wednesday.
The venture is supported by the Gilgit-Baltistan government and sponsored by the Italian organisation Ev-K2-CNR to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of K2 by an Italian expedition on July 31, 1954.
“The climbers will reach camp four on Friday morning and attempt the summit in the afternoon,” said Munir Ahmed, the spokesperson for the Italian research organisation.
The eight-member team set off for the expedition on June 14 and reached the K2 base camp in the end of June.
Different single Pakistani climbers have reached the K2 summit over the last 60 years, but this is the first Pakistani team attempt.
Two Italian mountaineers, Michele Cucchi and Simone Origone, and a documentary-filmmaker and climber, Daniele Nardi, are also accompanying the climbers.
A scientific research mission is also part of the expedition.
Professor Giorgio Poretti of the University of Trieste, Italy, Geologist Fahad Hameed of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Scientist Aamir Asghar of the University of Poonch will be re-measuring the summit and collect new data to more precisely define the altimetry profile of the Abruzzi Spur, a route to the K2 summit.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.