Alpine Skiing and the two Pakistanis who made a new record!

Published: August 11, 2013

Niamat Karim, who is just 27-years-old, along with his younger brother Mansoor Karim, aged 15, completed the first ever Pakistani Alpine Skiing expedition. PHOTO: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

Imagine yourself clipped into a pair of 216cm downhill skis, pushing out of the start and flying at 145km/h down a steep, icy slope. Imagine the snow conditions ranging from bulletproof ice to slushy ruts and the terrain ranging from a near cliff to flat ground all in the same breadth.

It’s not an easy task to confront a tsunami of challenges that Alpine skiing throws at you. Alpine skiing, also known as downhill skiing, is the sport of sliding down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings.

Sounds scary?

Well, it is!

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

It requires very high levels of strength, agility, stamina, flexibility and last but not the least, fine motor skills. There are many dare devils out there that are hell bent on not only facing all the challenges of the sport but also setting new records.

Recently, two Pakistani brothers, from Shimshal Gojal, Hunza, made a new record. Niamat Karim, who is just 27-years-old, along with his younger brother Mansoor Karim, aged 15, completed the first ever Pakistani Alpine Skiing expedition.

Niamat Karim – the elder brother – is a mountaineer by profession and has been scaling adventurous peaks since the past 13 years. He also runs a travel agency by the name of PATE (Pakistan Adventures Tours and Expeditions).

Mansoor who is only 15, started his career as a professional skier in 2008. He also set a new record by becoming the youngest Pakistani to attempt Alpine skiing and that too successfully.

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

The 6000m Ski Expedition 2013, that kicked off on July, 10 2013, was the first of its kind in Pakistan organised by the Pakistan Adventures Tours and Expeditions. The first challenge was to attempt Quz Sar (6000 meters). The summit was accomplished in about three hours amidst the worst kind of weather conditions and then the skiing started from the top to the advance base camp.

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

This hefty descend was accomplished in a mere 15 minutes!

On the very same day, both the brothers attempted Qol Sar (6,000 meters) too. In their initial plan they had planned to climb only three peaks (Quz Sar, Manglik Sar and one unnamed peak ), but during the expedition they found that the advance base camps of Qol Sar and Quz Sar were situated quite close to each other and so they decided, on the spot, to attempt Qol Sar too.

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

On July 12, 2013, they set their goals to summit Manglik Sar (6,050 meters). The Manglik Sar summit was covered in six hours and the descent took just 17 minutes via skiing!

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

After two days, on July 15, the remaining part of the expedition started. The challenge was to summit an unclimbed peak (6,000 meters). This peak was conquered in three hours and its descent was finished in only 10 minutes of skiing downhill to the advance base camp.

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

After setting this amazing record, Niamat and Mansoor have set their eyes on many other record breaking events. They are also very keen about promoting Alpine Skiing as a sport.

Alpine Skiing is popular wherever there is a combo of mountain slopes, snow and sufficient tourist infrastructure. In this regard, they want support from the Government of Pakistan to provide safe and reliable tourist infrastructure to help promote tourism and mountain adventure sports even more in the country.

Photo: Pakistan Adventure Tours and Expeditions Facebook page.

I congratulate both our brave skiers and pray that their dreams of promoting Alpine Skiing come true! Wishing them all the very best for such future endeavours.

May they earn many more heights, Amen!

Daniyah Sehar

Daniyah Sehar

A Lahore based amateur photographer with a Master's degree in Mass Communication and English Literature, Daniyah is a freelance writer and tweets as @DaniyahSehar

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Indian

    Congratulations to the skiers. More success to them in all their future endeavours. Nice pictures.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ishfaq

    That’s great.. Pak Army is also making efforts to boost skiing in Pakistan; nice to know that private tour operators are also joining this cause.
    Congratulations to the duo for their accomplishment but was there any independent referee or jury to monitor the event???
    I mean the company that arranged this expedition was owned by the brothers, they were the only two participants and they were the only two who succeeded… but still a good developmentRecommend

  • Parvez

    Every time I read you I learn something new……………both the boys deserve praise and encouragement, looking to the government for that will be a waste of time.

  • Rahat Latif

    So much potential this family has, a bit of projection and applause is required
    Bravo Naimat and Mansoor !!Recommend

  • Dr Saima Shah

    We are always hesitant to praise others, but Daniyah is always there to support someone, anyone who stands under the shade of green Pakistani flag. Keep it up, look for all these gems and show to the world that every every Niamat, every Mansoor of Pakistan has the guts, the courage and the endurance to withstand challenges, difficulties, fear and danger. Congratulations to these young men from shimshal. Well done Niamat Karim and Mansoor Karim, you have made us proud of you!Recommend

  • Naeem

    Well feeling proud to be Hunzai! A lady samina Baig who’s from Hunza scaled mount everest.
    Great job keep it up! I wish all success in their lives..Recommend

  • Sajjad Haider

    It’s really inspiring to read about such brave souls. Thank you for sharing it with us and all the best to Karim brothers .Recommend

  • Darjat

    Great initiative. Congratulations to mansur karim and Niamat Karim. Amazing people from this small village up in the Karakorum mountains. I guess Rajab Shah is the first person from Pakistan/ GB to scale all five 8000 M in Pakistan. Mehrban Shah from the same village has scaled top 4 of 8000 M peaks in Pakistan. He was also one of the team members attempted first time Mount Everest. Muhammad ullah one of the pioneers in mountaineering has claimed top two 8000 M is also from the same village, Arbab Qurban Mohammad has also scaled top 2 of 8000 M. Qudarat Ali has scaled to 3 of 8000 M.
    Others include Shaeen Baig , Ali Musa, Hasil Shah, Yousuf, and may be many more.
    Ms Samina Baig- who is the first female climber representing Pakistan scaled up Mount Everest and and Miza Ali her brother too are from Shimshal village.
    The senior climbers are now retired BUT do the GB or federal government has any economic reward that compliments their livelihood means? I guess NO.
    Both the GB and federal government and Alpine Club needs to revisit their missions and visions and practices if they want to attract young people in mountaineering activities in the future!Recommend

  • professional

    Well done!
    you make us proud!Recommend

  • Ayesha Rehman

    Congrats to Mansoor and Naimat . Recommend

  • Wandering Sufi

    Great, we Pakistanis should be proud of this achievement. Great article.Recommend

  • Niamat Karim Shimshali

    @Dr Saima Shah:
    thank you every much Recommend

  • Niamat Karim Shimshali

    Thanks you sir. Recommend

  • Niamat Karim Shimshali

    @Muhammad Ishfaq:
    Thanks a lot .Recommend

  • Niamat Karim Shimshali

    Thank you every machRecommend

  • Niamat Karim

    thanks all of you .Recommend

  • very good

    very goodRecommend