2. This year Joint Pak China Friendship expedition was launched to Mt Muztagh Ata (7,546 m) situated in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China by ACP and CMA about 180 kms from Pak China border, to express solidarity with the Chinese mountaineers after the Nanga Parbat Diamer Base Camp tragedy and to pay tribute to the two slain Chinese mountaineers. The Pakistani team comprised of members as under:-
a. Mr. Rehmatullah (Gilgit Baltistan) - Pakistani team leader
b. Mr.Ahmad Mujtaba (Islamabad) - Member
c. Dr Naveed Iqbal (IKhyber Pakhtunkhwa) - Member
3. The Pakistani team was seen off by the Minster of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Mr Riaz Hussain Pirzada in a ceremony held at Pakistan Sports Board offices, Islamabad on 4th July during which Pakistani flag mounted on an ice axe was handed over to Mr Rehmatullah Pakistani team leader for hoisting it on Muztagh Ata summit. The Minister for IPC, on the occasion, offered prayers for the success of the expedition and asked the team to promote Pakistan as a safe destination for mountaineers and trekkers during the expedition.
4. The Pakistani team left Islamabad by road for Pak China border at Khunjerab Pass on Karakoram Highway on 5th July and was received by officials of CMA after crossing over the border and arrival at Tashkurgan on 7th July. Later, the team travelled to Kashgar to meet the Chinese side which comprised Mr. Youngfung, Vice President CMA, expedition leader and five Chinese members and later arrived 4,200 metres high Muztagh Ata Base camp on 10thJuly.
Ata Abad Lake Upper Hunza Gilgit Baltistan