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Eminent Mountaineer and former President Alpine Club of Pakistan Mr Nazir Sabir attends Reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth and delivers Pakistan Promotional Lectures across UK



Eminent Pakistani mountaineer and former President Alpine Club of Pakistan Mr Nazir Sabir undertook Pakistan promotional visit across UK from 4th November to 11th Dec 11, 2011. Highlights of his trip included attending World Tourism Market London, the world's second largest tourism exposition, four lectures at the seminar on K2, 10 other lectures including at Kendal Int'l Mountain Film Festival, the Pakistan High Commission London and others at different colleges, Schools and for Pakistani community at Bradford. Mr Nazir Sabir is the first Pakistani to climb Mt Everest in 2000. Earlier he climbed K-2 (1981), Gasherbrum II and Broad Peak (1982- alpine style) and Gasherbrum (1992).

On 26th November he was invited to the annual dinner of the Alpine Club (UK) (he is an honorary member since 1999). On 28th November he was also given a reception by the Lady Lord Mayor of Bradford during which she accepted his invitation to visit Gilgit Baltistan along with a delegation to see for herself the peaceful conditions prevalent in the region.

The seminar on K2 ‘First on K2’ was organized by Doug Scott CBE, the renowned British Himalayan mountaineer. At this event four climbers from USA, Japan, UK and Mr Nazir Sabir representing Pakistan delivered talks on their climb of K2 through new routes. It may be mentioned that Nazir along with Japanese climbed the difficult Southwest side of K-2 in 1981. These lectures were delivered at Oxford University, The Royal Geographical Society London, Glasgow Univ and Napier University Edinburgh. All the lectures were well attended.

            The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on 8th December 2011 to mark the century of Captain Robert Scott's final expedition to the South Pole and in recognition of achievements in research and adventure. The reception was attended by selected explorers, mountaineers and adventurers, including Mr Nazir Sabir, who were introduced to the Queen. 

Press clips and links with more details of the visit are as under:-