CHITRAL, June 27: After about a decade, a team of four mountaineers from Switzerland have arrived in Chitral to scale Terich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindkush range in upper Chitral. Talking to this correspondent here on Friday, Tourism Corporation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) managing director of Mohammad Ali said the mountaineers would spend about three weeks in the 47km long Terich valley.
TCKP is planning to celebrate Terich Mir’s scaling for the first time by a Norwegian team in 1950.
He said the team comprised two male and two female members who had arrived in Shandur to see the polo festival, which concluded last week. He said two more teams, one each to trek and scale Terich Mir, would arrive in Chitral next month. Mr Ali said that the arrival of expedition teams to the picturesque Terich valley had filled with joy the hearts of the local people as tourism in the area came to a standstill after the rise of militancy in Malakand division.
He claimed that the TCKP had been making all-out efforts to attract tourists to Chitral which had congenial environment for tourism. He said that an expedition team from Russia would reach the valley by the end of July to scale the Terich Mir peak, which is the highest peak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Describing some of the efforts for the promotion of tourism in the area, he said that the TCKP was going to arrange celebrations to mark the first scaling of the Terich Mir peak 65 years ago to attract more expeditions. The peak was first scaled by a Norwegian team in 1950. Foreign expedition teams rush to the valley every summer to scale the peak. But the expeditions were stopped after the rise of Taliban in Malakand about a decade ago.–Zahiruddin