Pakistani president meets Nepali mountaineers expedition team after K2 winter ascent

22nd Jan, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Pakistani President Arif Alvi on Thursday received an expedition team from Nepal who scaled K2, the second highest peak of the world, for the first time in winter, the president's office said.

The Nepali team was the first to reach the summit of 8,611-meter K2 in winter on Saturday, according to the Seven Summit Treks, the company which organized the expedition.

The Pakistani president welcomed the Nepali mountaineers and congratulated the team on scaling K2 in harsh winter, a statement from the president's office said.

Alvi said the mountaineers' remarkable achievement would project Pakistan's soft image as well as boost tourism in Pakistan.

"The President said that both countries enjoyed excellent relations and such activities would further increase goodwill between the two countries," according to the statement.

Nepalese Ambassador to Pakistan Tapas Adhikari and leader of the expedition team Nirmal Purja expressed their gratitude to Pakistan for the support provided by the government of Pakistan, the statement said.

They also praised the natural beauty and wide range of mountaineering opportunities in Pakistan. Xinhua