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Author Topic: Baltoro Clean Up Expedition 2005 by Alpine Cllub of Pakistan  (Read 3022 times)

Karrar Haidri

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Visiting mountaineering expeditions and trekking parties accompanied by large number of local porters on the Baltoro glacier, especially during previous and current year has resulted in large accumulation of waste in the various camping areas on the glacier. The returning visitors to the area are reporting increased deposits of garbage and human body waste lying on these glacier camps, which besides seriously damaging the local ecology, are becoming a hazard to the visitors health. As the climbing and trekking season is nearly ending there is an urgent need to undertake clean up operation to clean and carry back the garbage out of the area before the onset of fresh snow which may shroud the pollutants. It may be mentioned that 62 KM long Baltoro glacier is the jewel of Karakoram situated about 120 KM Northeast of Skardu which houses four peaks rising above 8000 metres including K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums and many other high and challenging peaks. The area is frequented by large number of mountaineers and trekkers each year and during the current year over 50 mountaineering expeditions and about 2400 trekkers have visited the Baltoro glacier till date. 
In view of the urgency of the situation Alpine Club of Pakistan is launching Baltoro Clean Up Expedition 2005 to Baltoro glacier commencing from 10 Sep 05. The expedition which is expected to last till first week of Oct 05 will undertake clean up of camps on the Baltoro glacier including main Base camps of K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrums. The team employing local porters will collect all burnable and non burnable garbage to include packing tins, cartons, polythene bags, food stuff etc and carry it out of the area for its correct disposal below Askole the last village enroute to Baltoro glacier.
The expedition is being led by Mr MH Muzzaffar Faizi ACP Executive Council member whereas its other members include Mr Wazir Jaffar Shigri - ACP Representative at Skardu and Nisar Hussain.
The expedition is being financed by ACP from its own financial resources, whereas Ministry of Tourism has promised to contribute towards funding of this clean up effort an important matter affecting mountain tourism in the Northern Areas.
It is to be mentioned here that similar cleaning expeditions have been organized by the Alpine Club and other NGOs in the past.
for more detail visit http://www.k2climb.net/news.php?id=717

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