Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: The Georgian climbers who scaled the unclimbed northwest peak of Saraghrar and Langutai Barfi early this month returned to Chitral town on Tuesday.
Terichmir Travel had organised their 35-day expedition to Hindukush.
The Georgian climbers, comprising Archil Badriashvili, Giorgi Tepnadze and Baqar Gelashvili, were the first to scale the rocky massif of Saraghrar peak in Terich of Torhkow valley in Upper Chitral.
A small event was organized in Chitral town to honour the climbers led by Archil Badriashvili when they reached here from their base camp.
Talking to ChitralToday here, the team leader said: “The NW phase of the Saraghrar peak is a steep wall involving technical difficulties for climbers. It rises at 90 degrees from the ground; we are so glad that we made it to this unclimbed peak.”
The team leader said they had reached Chitral on August 22. From the Terich valley, they hired 20 porters to carry their luggage to the base camp. They did not have high altitude porters rather carried their own luggage whilst making it to the peak on September 10 at 3:30pm.
The expedition members admired the hospitality of the people of the Terich valley and other parts of Chitral. They said adventure tourists should not hesitate to come to Chitral and climb the beautiful peaks in the Hindukush region.
Shamsuddin offered the expedition members traditional Chitrali caps on the occasion.