Alpine Club of Pakistan announced today, the successful assent of the 7,027m Spantik Peak, jointly undertaken by the Pakistani and Chinese climbers.
The press release stated:
“The China Pakistan Friendship Expedition to Spantik Peak, by the Grace of Allah, has successfully scaled the summit of 7,027 metre high Spantik Peak today. In a call from the mountain summit, the Expedition leader Lt Col (Retd) Dr Abdul Jabbar Bhatti said that the Expedition members took turns to reach the summit between 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm on Sunday 15th July. Earlier the summit team, which had started from Camp II (5,600 meters) on 14 July established Camp III (6,200 metres) the same day and started for the summit from Camp III today in the morning. The summit party comprising five Chinese and five Pakistani members including two high altitude porters successfully hoisted flags of China and Pakistan jointly on the Spantik summit. It was partial cloudy with light snow fall throughout their ascent from Camp III. The Expedition is scheduled to descend to Camp II today by evening and to the Base Camp on 16 July. All its members are stated to be in good health.
It may be mentioned that the Expedition has been launched to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between China and Pakistan, under the aegis of Government of Gilgit Baltistan.
It comprises six Chinese and six Pakistani members and is being led jointly by Mr Luo Shen of the Chinese Mountaineering Association and Lt Col (Retd) Dr Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, Vice President, Alpine Club of Pakistan. The Expedition which had set out from Islamabad for Skardu on 27 June had reached Mt Spantik Base Camp situated at a height of 4,200 metres on the Chogolungma glacier on Tuesday 3rd July. Later they established their Camp I (5,400 metres) on 5th July and Camp II (5,600
metres) on 8th July.
In his message, Lt Col (Retd) Manzoor Hussain, President Alpine Club of Pakistan has congratulated both the Chinese and Pakistani leaders for climbing the peak with maximum of their team members in a record time of 13 days. He commended Expeditionâ€â„¢s close knit joint cooperation and hard work of making route and humbling the peak together. He hoped that their success will not only bring the mountaineering communities of China and Pakistan more closer, but will also assist in planning many joint China Pakistan mountaineering and climbing projects in the future, in line with the close friendly relations that exist between China and Pakistan.
Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in Spantik-Sosbun Mountains sub range of Karakoram. Its northwest face features an exceptionally hard climbing route known as the "Golden Pillar". It lies east of Diran and northeast of Malubiting.
The summit was also scaled last year by Australian Pakistan Expedition led by Army High Altitude School Rattu .Lt Col Abdul Aziz.