Gondogoro La Crossing of the year 2011
(July 14, 2011). Rescue Team Fix Ropes over the La.
La has been crossed by two group of trekkers this year from Ali camp
to Khuspang and vice versa. Crossing of the La is earlier than the last
few years due to less snow and better condition of trail. Rescue team
from Hushe has fixed ropes and started to render their services on the
Deosai Astor Road open for all kind of traffic
(July 14, 2011).
Deosai Astor Road has been opened after the long winter for all kind
of traffic and first group of travellers crossed it from Astor to Skardu
Pass Naran Kaghan Road open for all kind of traffic
(July 9, 2011).
pass has been open for Four wheeled traffic on 9th July. Now only four
wheel drive vehicles can pass making it possible to travel Naran Kaghan
to Chilas over the pass.
Skardu Road and KKH Blocked by landslide
(Feb 9, 2011).
Skadu road has been bloced by a landslide at Stak and KKH at Kohistan.
Both are expected to open in two - three days.
ever Gasherburm-II Summit during winters on 2nd February 2011.(Feb 03,
chapter in the history of Mountaineering in Pakistan has been created
by Italian Mountaineer Simone Moro and his team mates by making first
ever ascent of G-II in 2nd February. This
is the first ever summit during winters of any peak above 8000 meters.
Receiving the news of a
good weather window for two to three days, the team started their summit
attempt on 30th January, 2011. Reached camp-I on 30th January, camp-II
on 31st January and camp-III at 6900 meters on 1st February 2011. Next
day on 2nd February 2011 they launched summit attack at 3 a.m and after
ploughing their way through knee deep snow finally all three members
of the team managed to reach 8035 meters summit of G-II at 11.30 a.m.
Simone Moro reported from the summit that all three members of the team
were in very good condition and high spirit.
descend from the summit they encountered bad weather and while coming
down from camp-I to base camp they were hit by an avalanche and buried
under snow. They were lucky to evacuate themselves and managed to reach
BC safely. The team is expected to return to Islamabad by 11th February
Border Close from 31st December 2010 to 1st May 2011(31 Dec, 2010)
border will remain closed from 31st December to 1st May 2011 for tourists
and business travelers.
Parbat Climbing expedition, One died and two stranded ( July 19, 2008)
Italian climbers stranded on Nanga Parbat North face (Fairy Meadows) at
about 7000 meters, however both of them are out of danger, But one of their
companion fell and died, according to the rescue team sources.
Climber Karl Unterkircher died while trying to scale the world’s ninth
highest mountain, leaving Nones and Kehrer stranded on the peak.
La made crossable. ( June 7, 2008)
to local news from Hushe, Gondogorola, the highest pass (5800 m) on K2 Hushe
leg of Karakorum trail, has been passable by rescue crew staff from
Polo Festival on July 7-9 ( May 25, 2008)
annual calendar event of Shandur Polo Festival will be held at Shandur, the
highest polo ground of the world, from July 7 to 9. Player as well as folks
form all over the Northern Areas and Chitral will take part in this famous
permit in Gilgit for travelers coming via China. (February 12, 2008)
permits to trekking parties coming from China via Sost border can be
obtained from office of Chief Secretary in Gilgit Northern Areas Pakistan,
according to a notification from the Ministry of Tourism Pakistan.
for Travelers Arriving from China at Sust. (May 20, 2007)
officially restarted transit visa for travelers coming from China over
Khunjerab Pass to Pakistan at Pakistan's border town Sust in Hunza valley.
Duration of transit visa ranges from a week to a month, which is further
extendable for three days to six months in Northern Areas cities of Gilgit,
Skardu and at the federal capital Islamabad as well
Performing Arts Festival in
on April 13 - 20 ( April 9, 2007)
The Sixth Youth
Performing Arts Festival will open on April 13 at the Alhamra Cultural
Lahore and will continue till April 20,
aimed at supporting young people in their chosen artistic enterprises in
The event would also include dance and theatre workshops to be conducted by
experts from Germany, India and the United Kingdom, and educational
institutions from Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Islamabad will participate in
the festival, besides a number of music groups.
Teams from Germany, UK, India and Croatia will also take part in the event.
Hasanabdal on April 12-15 ( April 9, 2007)
The annual Sikh
festival is set to start on April 12th for three days, in
Taxila. Sikh yatrees from across the globe will be assembling here to
perform their religious rituals, including Bhog that marks the conclusion of
the recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib and Ashnan, the holy bath.
According to sources in the Evacuee Trust Property Board, more than 3,000
Sikh yatrees from India are expected to participate in the Besakhi festival
Tourist Visa on Arrival (April 3 , 2007)
Pakistan has formally
launched the scheme of business and tourist visa on arrival for
international travellers. Currently this facility is available only at the
Islamabad airport .
Group tour visa would be issued
to the tourists of 24 countries on arrival through the designated tour
operators. A single entry for one month will be issued to the travelers
which could be extended if desired by the travellers
The immigration visa
facilitation desk will be issuing business visa on arrival to the passengers
of 69 countries on presenting invitation letters from the chambers of
commerce or business and investment institutions.
Festivals in Northern Areas of Pakistan (March 21, 2007)
Areas Administration has finalized arrangements of Spring Blossom Festival
in connection with the celebration of visit Pakistan Year 2007, from 21st
March to 21st April 2007. According to sources, Polo matches, cultural shows
and local games are the prominent events in the list of events
taking place at different locations in Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Arrangements finalized for
Cholistan Jeep Rally. ( March 6, 2007
The rally will be held from March 9 to 11 at the historic Derawar Fort in
Cholistan. Eighty jeeps are expected to participate in the event. A track of
260 kilometers with nine check posts is being finalized for the race.
Organizers have increased the registration fee from Rs10,000 to Rs15,000.