Pakistan, peak fees. We are pleased to inform all clients, friends, the mountaineering community and adventure enthusiasts, particularly climbers, that the Government of Pakistan has decided to continue with the 50% concession in Royalty fee during 2005, thanks to the last minute meeting of The Alpine Club President, Mr. Nazir Sabir with the Federal Minister and Secretary, Ministry of Tourism on February 10,2005. Initially this concession was given to all climbing expeditions during 2002/2004 in celebration of the Year of Mountains, Nanga Parbat, and K2 Golden Jubilee. Another incentive given for peaks anywhere in the Himalayan-Karakoram belt was a total elimination of the royalty, permit, and L.O. fee to climb peaks up to 6,500m; efforts are being made to raise the same concession to peaks up to 7,000m.
Mr. Nazir Sabir has been in the forefront of pushing for these and many more incentives to encourage foreign climbers into Pakistan during these past years, even before he took over the Alpine Club. We hope that many adventure seekers from all over the world will take full advantage of these incentives in the coming season and the years to follow.
Mushir Anwar, Nazir Sabir Expeditions, Pakistan