Pakistani mountaineer Mr. Asif Mehmood Bhatti is all set to lead joint Pakistan-Sweden expedition to scale Spantik (7027m) in Karakoram. The month long expedition will start from Islamabad today Saturday, 23rd June, 2018. Team comprises young and emerging climbers from Pakistan and Sweden.
Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in Spantik Sosbun mountain sub range of Karakoram in Nagar valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. The Skardu side of the mountain offers a suitable route to the summit to be climbed from Chogholungma Glacier (Arandu side) via the southeast ridge that will be adopted by joint expedition. Spantik was first climbed in 1955 Karl Kramers’ German expedition.
Legendary Pakistani mountaineer Lt Col. (r) Abdul Jabbar Bhatti will be spearheading the expedition as its main advisor, Mr. Jabbar himself successfully summited Mount Everest in 2017 and had also successfully led the Joint Pakistan-China friendship expedition to Spantik in 2012. Mr. Asif Mehmood Bhatti is a mathematician and a vigorous climber with prominent achievements of Mt. Falaksur (5918m, he reached 5330m ), Mt. Khusar Gung (6405m), Mazino Pass(5300m) and expedition leader of first ever team to reach Snow Lake via Jamal Pass (5250m). For this purpose extensive and exhaustive training has been carried out by the team of six climbers including five Pakistani and Johan Assarsson from Sweden.