2 Kashmir mountaineers selected for IMF Pre-Everest camp

In a boost to the adventure sport activities in Kashmir, two mountaineers have been selected by Indian Mountaineering Foundation for the Pre-Everest expedition camp for the IMF Everest Massif expeditions 2020.

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) had obtained around 1200 applications from all over India for the expedition and out of them around 100 was selected. The expeditions would be funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

IMF as part of Scalefour peaks in the ‘Everest massif region’ in the year 2020 from Everest Base Camp will launch expeditions to Mt Everest – 8848 Mtrs, Lhotse- 8516 Mtrs, Nuptse – 7861 Mtrs and Pumori – 7161 Mtrs.

Before the expeditions to these four peaks, IMF would be holding Pre-Everest expedition camps for the shortlisted mountaineers.

IMF has selected two experienced mountaineers Nawab Moazam Khan and Ghulam Mohammad Wani, both members of the J&K Mountaineering and Hiking Club. IMF has also Stanzin Youthog, Manik Slathia and Ambreen Fatima who hail from Jammu and Ladakh regions respectively.

The selection camp will be held between June one and July five and Pre-Everest expedition to a peak above 7000-meters is also scheduled to be organized in the post monsoon season (August-September).

Both the selected mountaineers are qualified mountaineers and have also scaled various peaks.

Nawab Moazam has scaled Mt Kolohoi 5424 mt, Mt Kun (upto 6500 m), Mt Stok Kangri 6135 m, Mt Golap Kangri 5950 m, Mt Harmukh (Triangular peak)  5100 m, Mt Shinmaen 4700 m and Mt Mahadev 3966 m.

Ghulam Mohammad Wani has scaled Mt Kolohoi 5425 m, Mt Nun 7135 m, Mt Stok Kangri 6135 m, Mt Harmukh (Triangular peak) 5100 m, Mt Sunset 4600 m and Mt Mahadev 3966.

They were shortlisted on the basis of their profile as IMF checks all details while short listing the candidates for such expeditions.

Terming it a major achievement Nawab Moazam said, “I have a dream to scale Mount Everest and all the other top peaks the World. This is major thing as it sets the base for the future endeavors which is going to help me achieve my dream. The Pre-Everest camp is important one as it prepares the mountaineers for the next year’s hazardous and grueling expeditions”.

About Ghulam Mohmmad Wani, he said, “All in adventure fraternity of State know him as Gullu and he has achieved a lot. He is experienced campaigner and it is great to have him along with me during this time”.

The both mountaineers are members of JKMHC that has been in forefront in the promotion of hiking and mountaineering sport in Kashmir. While selection of Nawab and Ghulam Mohammad is big news for everyone, another mountaineering girl from Kashmir Nahida Manzoor is already on Mount Everest. She went for expedition last month and is currently on way to summit the Everest. She left base camp couple of days ago and is likely to be on Camp 4 at present.