Annapurna: Pakistani Team Reaches Base Camp

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Members of the Pakistani team at Annapurna BC earlier today. Photo: @KamramonBike

A Pakistani team is the first this season to reach the base camp of an 8,000m peak, right in time to celebrate their national day.

Climbers Shirbaz Ali and Abdul Joshi, expedition manager Saad Munawar, and photographer Kamran Ali (aka Kamran on Bike) flew today from the village of Dana to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,200m.

The Pakistani climbers are part of a larger team, which all met today in Base Camp.  Sherpas working for their expedition started fixing the route yesterday. “It is surreal and humbling to be watched over by giant icy mountains on all sides,” Bhai wrote.

The team will send regular updates, and later you can track the climbers’ locations live here.

Seven Summit Treks also welcomed their Annapurna team in Pokhara yesterday and will reach Base Camp soon. Annapurna is the first mountain to receive visitors this year, and apart from Everest, it will be the most popular 8,000m target this season.

Part of SST’s Annapurna team at dinner in Pokhara yesterday. On the right, Antonios Sykaris and Gesman Tamang. Photo: Lakpa Dendi

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Don Paul
Don Paul
23 days ago

Bhai means brother in Urdu. Kamran Bhai means Brother Kamran and is a common way to refer to a friend. Kamran on Bike rode all over the country on his bike posting scores of selfies to The Karakoram Club, a facebook group with over 100,000 members. Its full of tour guides and tourists and many exceptional photographers. I’ve seen lots of pictures of granite walls and the people who live there dont know if they’ve ever been climbed. The Biafo glacier is only one of many in Pakistan. I hope Mr. Sykaris has a better experience than he did on… Read more »

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Paul
Paul
23 days ago

What is wrong with all this climbers? Instead doing 4-5 days trek that is somehow good for acclimatization process they fly to BC by helicopter what has very bad impact on environment. And of course tomorrow they will post some posts on IG about global warming and that we should take care of our planet. HYPOCRITES…

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Steve
Steve
23 days ago
Reply to  Paul

All fly in by helicopter as its a dangerous trek for everyone. If it is the north side they are attempting on Annapurna.

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Paul
Paul
23 days ago
Reply to  Steve

what is dangerous in that trek?? They planning to climb 8000m mountain and you say that trek to the BC is dangerous? :DDD

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OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
23 days ago
Reply to  Steve

There is a new trail through Narchyang that follows the Nilgiri/Miristi Khola all the way to Annapurna North BC. It looks to be a lot less brutal than the 1950 French route. You would think that the climbers would want to take advantage of the new trail. I never understood why Anna climbers seem to always fly to North BC. It seems to be the prefered “style” these days. On other 8,000 meter peaks, the approach is not only part of the adventure, but essential for acclimatization and conditioning. I’ll bet that the Sherpas that are now hard at work… Read more »

Chopper Pilot
Chopper Pilot
23 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Agree with you. These are the same kind of people who would post long winded posts on social media about how the mountains are melting and the ecosystem is at risk AFTER flying to Pokhara and then flying to Annapurna BC

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