Second Pakistani mountaineer gears up to climb Mount Everest


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani mountaineer Lt Col (R) D Abdul Jabbar Bhatti will be leaving for Nepal on Wednesday to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

Mount Everest is Earth’s highest mountain and its peak is 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level. Talking to APP, Bhatti said the total expenditure estimated on this expedition will be approximately Rs 5 (five) million. “I will be attempting this expedition alone,” he remarked. Responding to a question, he said he had received no financial support from Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP).

“I am going on this expedition with some finance of my own while other from a private sponsor”. He said the expedition would hopefully be completed in two months. Bhatti, is a renowned mountaineer who had been a recipient of Pride of Performance and Tamgha e Basalat. He had previously successfully climbed Broad Peak (8051m) in 1985; Gasherbrum 2 (8035 m) in 1986 and Spantik Peak (7027 m) in 2012.

It may be mentioned here that prior to this Pakistani Samina Baig climbed Mount Everest in 2013.