41 years, Australia
A joint Swedish-Pakistani expedition has set out to tackle 7,027m Mt. Spantik, a peak in the Spantik-Sosbun subrange of the Karakoram.
Mt. Spantik, also known as Golden Peak, was first climbed in 1955 by a German expedition led by Karl Kramer. Recently, the mountain has become popular with commercial expeditions due to a relatively straightforward route via the southeast ridge.
This expedition will also follow the southeast ridge, after first mounting the Skardu side of the mountain via the Chogholungma Glacier. The team consists of five Pakistani climbers and one Swede, led by Asif Mehmood Bhatti.
The experienced Pakistani mountaineer, Lt. Col Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, is advising the young, ambitious team. In 2012, Abdul Bhatti successfully led the Pakistan-China Friendship Expedition to the summit of Mt. Spantik.
Photo credit: Maddis, Wikimedia Commons
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