Kashmir-Bavarian Ski-Mountaineering expedition begins

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 14:  After undergoing weeklong acclimatization in Pirpanjal range (Gulmarg region), the Kashmir-Bavarian Ski-Mountaineering expedition was flagged off from Tourist Reception Centre, here on Monday.
 The team was flagged off by District Winter Games Association Srinagar (DWGAS) President, Mahmud Ahmad Shah. Among a large gathering of adventure lovers. Among others the legendary mountaineer, Naseer Ahmad Mir, adventurer and President, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) Rouf Ahmad Tramboo were also present on the occasion.
 The team, led by Oliver Alefeld, include Petra Rimbeck, Ali (Jumbo) Ried, Traudi Schonwetter, Helli Schonwetter, Firdous Khan, Gulzar Ahmad, Umar Farooq, Reyaz Ahmad and Obaid Tahir.
 During acclimatization period the team skied down all the challenging ridge of Mount. Apharwat. They also had two day long outing in the Tosamaidan area. The team zoomed down the Sunrise peak at Gulmarg after spending a night in tents atop Mount Apharwat, 13,500 feet, a statement issued by the District Winter Games Association Srinagar, said.
 The leader of the expedition, Oliver and other foreign members were delighted to ski down the fascinating and much thrilling Sunrise peak and entire length of Ferozpur Nallah. The team expressed its high praises for the snow conditions and magnificent view of mighty Nanga Parbat and other mountains in the distant horizon.
 Pertinently Nanga Parbat was first climbed by Harman Bhul, the member of first successful German expedition. After making several attempts and loosing the cream of their mountaineers the Germans finally succeeded to climb the killer mountain in 1952. Those days the expeditions used to go to Nanga Parbat via Kashmir and Gurez. They wished they could explore other areas in Tosamaidan region and the surrounding peaks here, statement added.
 Giving details the Secretary of the Association, Muhammad Yusuf said that the team will follow Pahalgam, Aru, Lidderwat, Satlanjan, Kolahoi glacier and they will also ski down many virgin and treacherous ridges and mountains in Sekiwas area. Skiing in the valley was last conducted in the year 1988 by the Highland Excursions.
 The main aim for going through with this venture is to celebrate the “Adventure Year”, declared by the J&K Tourism Department. The sophisticated equipment and other logistic support is given by the Tourism to local team members” he said.