Saving lives and helping mountain community for a better life
Pakistanhas some of the world’s best potential adventure areas. Five of the world’s fourteen 8000m peaks: K2 (8611m), Nanga Parbat (8126m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Gasherbrum II (8034m), andBroadPeak(8051m) are all found here. There are more than 100 peaks above 7000m and uncountable peaks below 6000m. Every year, hundreds of people, male and female, from around the world, come to climb these mountains. Mountaineering is considered one of the most dangerous sports in the world and unfortunately, there are always accidents in the high mountains. Accidents might cause of high altitude sickness and hypothermia to avalanches and rock fall. In the past, many people have died on the mountains inPakistandue to the lack of proper rescue operations. It is always a huge challenge to rescue injured people or to recover the remains of people died on high altitude because these scenarios require extreme technical skills.
In 2006, after summiting BroadPeak, Mr. Markus Kronthaler died on the lower summit at around 8030m due to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). BroadPeakis the fourth highest mountain in Pakistanand the 12th highest in the world. Mr. Georg Kronthaler, a professional mountain guide fromAustria and also Markus’ brother, then went on a mission to recover his brother’s dead body. With his excellent technical skills in mountain rescue, he recovered his brother’s corpse from the lower summit ofBroadPeak with the help of six Pakistani high porters. This recovery of dead body from the summit is unique feat of bravery in all mountain rescue hisotry, After completing this successful mission he discuss with Mr. Asghar Ali Porik his idea of an organized rescue group in Pakistan, an organization that is highly skilled to work at high altitude in times of emergency. After the recovery mission, Mr. Kronthaler started planning to conduct a rescue training camp inPakistan, especially for those who work in the mountains and particularly the high porters ofPakistan. He planned to create a team for educating others in the future to take quick and immediate action for rescue with trained and technical rescue teams. Also, using the technical education of mountain rescue, the team will also be able to be effective in times of natural disasters.
Mr. Kronthaler’s desire to establish a rescue organization became reality when he and Dr. Helmut fromGermanyarrived inIslamabadon 23 April 2011 to conduct the first training of mountain rescue skills. Mr. Asghar Ali Porik supported the idea and stand with Mr. Georg Kronthaler during last 3 years provided all possible information and makes ground efforts to organize the training session possible. There were ten participants from different parts ofPakistan. Most of the participants were from Gilgit-Baltistan, and one was from Khyber Pukhtoon Khawa. The training lasted for two weeks and was held in Passu Glacier, Pakistan. The training was an education in safe mountain rescue in the high mountains. The training was held on both ice and rock, and included crevasse rescue and first aid. The training was amazing and the participants feel it was the best of its kind inPakistan.
The training /education ended on 5 May 2011. At the end of the training, there were exams to clear the level B. Mr. Mirza Ali from Shimshal got first position, Mr. Naseer from Passu got second, and Mr. Sadiq from Baltistan got third.
The rescue organization is a positive step to help encourage foreign expeditions to come and climb the beautiful mountains of Pakistan since having a safe rescue team can be a great incentive for expedition teams. The organization’s team also plans to visit different areas and conduct similar education about mountain rescue.
After the training, a formal meeting was organized where the new organization was discussed and also about its future plans,every participant became full members of the organization, Mr. Asghar Ali Porik was elected as President and Mr.Mirza ali selected as Vice president. Mr.Georg Krunthaler and Dr.Helmut also became member of the organization.
The Mountain Rescue Organization,Pakistanwill help provide mountaineers and trekkers from around the world with prompt and timely action in times of emergency. It will also help boost tourism inPakistanand help mountain-dwelling people live better since tourism is a main source of income of the people of the Gilgit-Baltistan area.
The Mountain Rescue Organization hopes to get support from the Government of Pakistan and other concerned organizations to make the organization strong and effective during emergencies in the mountains as well
as natural disasters.
the organization also seeks the guidance and inputs of the,Adventure related organization, veteran mountaineers,HAP’s from Pakistan, their participation is highly welcome and so needed greatly, their participation in the future trainings will bring more technical skilss and education in the country for safe rescue operations!