Regarding the news appearing
in another website title: Porter died on Spantik: We would like to clarify
that the person died on Spantik Peak was working in the capacity of a cook
from Hunza region age 26, he was insured as a cook not high altitude porter.
Expedition member took him to camp II to help with the expedition high
altitude work which was not his job at the first hand secondly he was not
insured as high altitude porter. The family and friend took serious notice of
expedition using it on high altitude without insurance or proper arrangement
at first hand.
Regarding the news about
Liaison officer asking huge cash in Skardu: We think this is also not true
(but we will investigate this news too and inform you according), As per law
all the matters regarding equipment and clothing of liaison officers must be
settle before a briefing took place in Islamabad on arrival on the expedition
in Pakistan. And Government officer ask the LO and the expedition leader
before allowing them to travel to Skardu 24 hours from Islamabad either the LO
is satisfied with kit and equipment expedition has brought for him or LO has
got money from the expedition against the kit and equipment, until the LO did
not say OK the expedition is not allowed to travel to Skardu. Any LO after the
briefing in Islamabad cannot claim or ask for more money, or stop the
expedition proceeding for the mountain. He may have right to ask for written
from the leader of the disputed matters and at the time of de-briefing in
Islamabad can bring this matter in the notice of Tourism officer.
However this is true that due
to highest number (81) of mountaineering expedition to Pakistan this year
mountaineering expedition were delay due to non clearance of expedition member
on time, the matter is address by the concern authorities and full support has
been given to mountaineering expedition by the government of Pakistan.
This is also true that
porters are demanding extra money from trekkers and mountaineering expedition
as local NGO is pushing for better rights to the porters, feeling their
pressure the local government in Skardu suddenly in the middle of the tourists
season raise the porters per stage price from 240 rupee to 300 rupee, porters
equipment money from 200 to 400 rupee. In my experience this is all due to non
coordination between the central government, the adventure tour operators,
Alpine Club of Pakistan and local government in Skardu. There is need that
all the porters stages to K2, GI, GII or round trek to Gondogoro la must be
announced once for all (about more the 70% of adventure tourism travel to this
part). We would like to suggest that a permanent committee of Central
Government, Local Government in Skardu, Local Porters Association, Alpine Club
of Pakistan and Adventure Tour Operators of Pakistan must be formed to review
the wages and porters stages matter on annual basis and advertise their
finding or decision before a tourists season start in Pakistan.
We also would like to request Government of Pakistan, please
advertise or inform the new policy about mountaineering or trekking well
before a tourists season start.
Source: Asghar Ali Porik
M/s Jasmine Tours
GPO Box 859, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Tel: 0092-51-5586823 Fax:
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