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ACP Member Ahmad Mujtaba Climbs Malika Parbat

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ACP member Ahmad Mujtaba, leading a four member team, climbed the 5,235 metre high Malika Parbat (North) situated in Kaghan- Naran Valley in Mansehra Distt, Khyber Pakhtunkhua on 31st August 2012. The expedition was launched and sponsored by Extreme Adventures and comprised Ahmad Mujtaba, Ahmad Naveed, Kamal Haider and Saqib Ali. It left Islamabad on 25th August and established Base Camp at a height of 4,000 metre on 28 August. On 29th August the team established Camp-I at the base of the glacier at a height of 4,600 metre. On 30th August, Ahmad Mujtaba and Ahmad Naveed roped up in the wee hours and left Camp - I for their summit attempt. They negotiated the glacier and after crossing the big crevasse climbed the steep ice slope using front pointing technique, and reached the rocky summit ridge by the afternoon. Suddenly the weather deteriorated with heavy snow fall and poor visibility, forcing the team to bivouac for the night below the summit at about 5,180 metres. The team ascended the summit at 7:12 am on 31st August and spent 45 minutes on the summit to view and photograph the scenic lower Himalayan Naran mountains, spotting Nanga Parbat in the distant. The team descended to Camp 1 the same day and to Base Camp on 1st September. It was an excellent achievement by Mr Ahmad Mujtaba who had earlier attempted to climb the same peak in 2009 and 2011. It may be mentioned that Malika Parbat was first climbed in 1967 by a German climber.

 

During a reception held in Islamabad on 18th September to honour this successful Extreme Adventures Expedition, Mr Ahmad Mujtaba made an excellent slide presentation of his climb. President ACP Lt Col (Retd) Manzoor Hussain, on the occasion, appreciated and admired the courage and tenacity of Mr Ahmad Mujtaba to climb Malika Parbat. He stated that ACP would encourage and support smaller expeditions to mountains of the Kaghan Valley, which are most suitable for youth climbing. The reception, which was attended by senior ACP officials, was also addressed by Mr Saeed Ahmad, CEO of the Extreme Adventures, who on the occasion distributed shields amongst the team members and vowed to support launching of further small expeditions.