Islamabad since its inception in the early 60’s has long been known as the favourite hunting ground of the land mafia in the country. Some of the elite sectors of the capital city are comfortably some of the most expensive pieces if land in the country. Given its proximity to the power echelons in the

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Karakorums this year have turned out a little harsh on the climbers from all over the world and the heavy snowfall in the winters have denied success to several expeditions trying to summit the five 8000ers.  For the moment Nanga Parbat, on the southern side of the River Indus has been scaled successfully by English Rick and Sandy Allen. Cathy

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Iranian Big Wall Climbers pulled in a meteoric effort to scale one of the Granite Spires of the Trango Towers, also known as the Nameless Tower, thus becoming a handful of climbers and mountaineers in the Karakorum this year to summit a peak.  The team comprising of Hasan Gerami , Hosein Bolandakhtar , Abbas Mohamadi, Sed Saed Najafi, Mojtaba Saghafi

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Gasherbrum-1, the 11th highest mountain in the world is fast becoming a notorious one too after denying summit to consecutive hard climbers in a span of eight months. Canadian Louis Rosseau, who was attempting to summit the 8,080m peak last week and was hoping to locate the missing winter expedition on the mountain, has now decided to give up after

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Everest Summiteer Cathy O’Dowd may not have made it all the way to the summit of the mighty Nanga Parbat, but surely paved the way for her teammates Rick and Sandy Allen who have now reportedly scaled the 8,125m summit via the Mazeno Ridge for the first time.  Cathy and her team comprising of Rick, Sandy and three sherpas from

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World’s most beautiful mountain, arguably though, Laila Peak is back in the business again, but this time around-for all the wrong reasons. A group of four snowboarders and sky skiers are now attempting to ski the 6096m mountain, which, if successful, will be an unprecedented feat undertaken on Laila Peak. Paul Holding (splitboarder), Brendan O’Sullivan (splitboarder), Edward Blanchard Wrigglesworth and Luca Pandolfi

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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

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The “Killer Mountain” has now pulled in a hat-trick as Romanian Zsolt Torok who was attempting to scale the mountain from the Daimir side, has now abandoned the mission, marking third unsuccessful expedition on Nanga Parbat in eight months.  Following consecutive failures to climb the mountain from the infamous Diamir Face where he barely escaped a 300m Avalanche and had

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Confused, disgruntled and weary, Cathy O’ Dowd decided to abandon the expedition on the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat and is now descending from a height of 7,950m, a few hundred meters short of the peak. Confusion stepped in on Wednesday, July 11 when Cathy’s Twitter message was wrongly translated from Catalan. The message read:  “Summit! NP climbed via Mazeno

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