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K-2 base camp swept clean

By Shabbir Mir

GILGIT: A group of volunteers in Gilgit-Baltistan trekked up to Concordia, the K-2 basecamp, for ‘operation clean-up.’ While cleanliness drives are quite common in the cities, this team removed waste and refuse from the base camp, working in freezing temperatures on a difficult terrain.

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The 35-member group, led by Shamshad Hussain, collected 2,750 kilogrammes of solid waste during their trek which started from Skardu on October 3 and concluded on October 16. They covered 100 kilometres.

“We went as high as 4,400 metres and collected garbage on the way and back,” Hussain said on Wednesday. He is also the Pakistan US Alumni Networking’s [PUAN] president.

“The K-2 clean-up campaign took us seven days on one side and the same amount of time on another.”

Talking to The Express Tribune from Skardu town, Hussain said the garbage collected and transported by donkeys included bottles, tin packs, animal carcasses, plastic bags, discarded clothes and shoes. “We collected those items during the journey from Askoli to Concordia,” he said. He added the garbage was properly disposed of in Askoli by officials of the Central Karakoram National Park.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2015.

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