Two women teams embark on K-2 expedition from Skardu

05:47 PM | 25 Jun, 2024
Two women teams embark on K-2 expedition from Skardu

Two all-female teams have begun their ascent of K-2, the world’s second-highest peak, from Skardu, aiming to conquer it in a historic attempt.

One team is a joint expedition from Pakistan and Italy, while the other consists of six Pakistani women climbers.

Typically, it takes a month to reach K-2's base camp from Skardu, and both teams are expected to summit the peak sometime after July 20.

Authorities have issued a total of 175 permits to climbers wishing to conquer K-2 this summer. The climbing season on K-2 starts every year in July and ends on August 15.

The Pakistani team includes Anum Azir from Lahore, Shama Baqir and Bibi Sultana from Shimshal, Afzoom from Ghulmit, and sisters Siddiqa Hanif and Amina Hanif from Ghanche.

Along with the six female climbers, their expedition also includes seven other members consisting of high-altitude porters and camp staff.

The Pakistani women climbers received a week-long training at the Sadpara Mountaineering School in early June. This expedition was organized by the Northern Areas Force Command.

The joint Pakistan-Italy team consists of four climbers from each country, led by Italy’s Agostino Da Polenza and Pakistan’s Samina Baig. The other three Pakistani members are Nadeema, Samana, and Amna Shigri.

For this expedition, the Pakistani women underwent rigorous training in the Alps of Europe and Ratu Suki village in Gilgit-Baltistan.

This collaborative expedition between the two countries is organized by EvK2CNR, an organization focused on research in mountainous regions.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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