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Lt Col Manzoor Hussain (Retd)

He was commissioned in Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers in June 1966 and retired from Army service in September 1992. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering and has qualified from Staff College Quetta. His Army Service included his employment on construction of the famous Karakoram Highway as well as on the construction of Skardu Road for about four years. A recipient of gallantry military award Tamgha e Basalat, his mountaineering career with Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) started in 1974 with prominent Mountaineering Activities as under:-


1974

Accompanied an American trekking expedition to Baltoro glacier, K-2 (upto Sovoia Pass). Undertook extensive climbing in Karakoram mountain range.

1975

Accompanied American K-2 Expedition as government liaison officer and a climber. Undertook extensive climbing training in the Northern Areas (now Gilgit Baltistan).

1976

Organized and led first all out Pakistani expedition to 6,700 metres high Paiyu peak near K-2 in Boltoro region under Alpine Club of Pakistan. Made first international ascent of the peak along with eminent Pakistani mountaineer Nazir Sabir.

1978

Co-led Joint Pak Japanese Expedition to Passu Peak (7,284 m) which made first ascent of this peak. Four Japanese and two Pakistanis including Capt Sher Khan reached the summit. 

1979

Conducted  mountaineering and climbing curses at ACP Mountaineering Institute Nilt, Gilgit, Northern Areas.

1987

Accompanied Pak Italian K-2 survey expedition organised by Ev-K2-CNR and measured heights of K-2 and other peaks around Concordia using Satellite Global Positioning System.

1996

Organized and led 46 members strong (largest Pakistani expedition ever organized) to Passu peak (7284 m) and succeeded in putting 15 Pakistani mountaineers on the summit.

Positions in ACP

  • Executive Council Member          - 1976 -1992
  • Secretary                                         - 1993-2004
  • Executive Vice President              - 2005 -2010

In 1993 he was elected ACP Secretary a position he held till 2004. His prominent achievements as ACP Secretary are as under:-

  • Planning and organizing yearly training for climbers, mountaineers, liaison officers, mountain and trekking guides, high altitude porters etc.
  • Planned and organized various mountaineering expeditions as under:-

1994 till date

A number of Clean up expeditions to Boltoro glacier and base camps of K-2 and other high peaks around Concordia.

1997

First Pakistani expedition to Mt Everest and first Pak China expedition to Nanga Parbat to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Pakistan’s independence, whereas Nanga Parbat expedition succeeded in putting four Chinese Tibetan and two Pakistanis on the summit, the Mt Everest expedition launched under leadership of Nazir Sabir reached within 300 metres of the summit.

 2001 - 2006

Joint Pak China Expeditions to Broad Peak, K-2 and Gasherbrum  I

 

Planned and organized various smaller expeditions.

  • Liaison and coordination with various federal ministries and semi/non government organizations to coordinate various Club activities and programmes.
  • Acted as a technical advisor to Ministry of Tourism and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation in mountain tourism affairs and in planning and organizing international meetings/conferences.
  • Planned, organized and managed international meetings of the International Mountaineering and Climbing  Federation (UIAA) in 2001, Union of Asian Alpine Associations (in 1997 and 2002) and Himalayan countries mountaineering forum (2001)

He served ACP as its Executive Vice President from 2004 till 2010 and was instrumental in the Club pursuits as he did earlier as Secretary including launching of first women training expedition and training of mountain tourism personnel. An expert on mountain tourism and preservation of mountain environment in his own right, he has participated in several international tourism conferences both at home and abroad. He has represented ACP in various meetings of the International and Asian Union of Alpine Associations.
An avid cinematographer and photographer, he has shot and produced few mountaineering and other documentaries. His sporting family comprises a wife, two sons and a daughter. He is a widely travelled person and has visited several countries on more than one occasion, both for official and personal reasons. Countries visited include Australia, Burma, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA etc.