Zoui Sar Expedition team prepare to attempt the summit in May

Qudrat Ali and Namal Sididiqui gear up to ascent the un-summited Zoui Sar located on the Malangudi glacier, Pakistan

The Zoui Sar expedition team includes, Qudrat Ali (Climb Leader) and Namal Siddiqui (Expedition Member); have just returned after a 10-day attempt to summit Zoui Sar. Unfortunately, since this was their first attempt, there were a lot of unknown variables that kept them from successfully making the ascent; one major factor was the harsh weather conditions and the terrain itself was challenging, consisting mostly of jagged and craggy rock formation, along with loose stones and during this season there was fresh soft snow, taking all this in to account and accessing the safety of the team, it became too risky for the team to keep going forward this winter and a unanimous decision was taken to extend the summit to May of this year.

Qudrat Ali during his recent expedition this March towards Zoui Sar

“Zoui Sar sits among magnificent mountains like Dastgir Sar (7885m), Malangudi Sar (7200m), Odver Sar or Whitehorn(6400m) in the West Bank of Malangudi glacier. Zoui Sar is not as high as the others, however it remains unclimbed due to its technical level of climbing. The terrain was unreliable with snow as there are loose rocks while it only allows for pure alpine style rock and ice climbing. It’s base camp is at 3,300 meters whereas summit around 6,100 meters so you can see that the climbing distance is about 2,900 meters and this distance is longer than the climbing it takes on an 8000 meter range. Due to unavoidable weather conditions and considering safety measures, we decided this time to end our winter expedition but this times effort has only made our next attempt easier, and we are hopeful to make it next time” explains Qudrat Ali

Namal Siddiqui photographed during her recent expedition to Zoui Sar

Namal Siddiqui adds, “This time the weather was not on our side, but we powered through to open the route up to camp 3 and we are proud of this, as this will make our task easier for the next time. We believe in exploring the unclimbed and untouched gives us an opportunity to present Pakistan’s hidden gems and create curiosity in adventure tourism while making sure the bearer of this message are both men and women in a safe and secure Pakistan.”

The Zoui Sar expedition team are now back in Islamabad and are training to go forward to climbing the un-summited Zoui Sar this May.

About the Team:

The lead climber on this expédition is the celebrated mountaineer Qudrat Ali, hailing from Shimshal Valley in Pakistan. Among the many mountains he has summited there are 4×8000m summits: (Broad Peak, G1, G2, Nanga Parbat) and 2 winters ascents of 6000m while also attempting a winter ascent of Broad Peak but had to abandon the climb 200m before the summit. Qudrat has walked barefoot from Gilgit to Shimshal to honor his ancestors who roamed the land barefoot, spending 14 hours outside in -25C using a sleeping bag only and sleeping in a crevasse. He also holds the world record of traversing three mountain ranges.

Namal is a Pakistani, born and raised in the UAE. She recently gave up her corporate life of 14 years to exclusively pursue her love of mountaineering by moving her base to Islamabad, Pakistan. She has summited 2 of the 7 highest summits of the continents: Mount Elbrus and Mount Kilimanjaro along with Mount Toubkal, highest in North Africa. Besides this she has attempted Mount Kazbegi. She has been on a winter survival training camp, ice climbing and rock climbing training to fine tune her technical skills.

This expedition is supported by:

Hashmi Pakistan

GREE Pakistan

Manaky

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Sheworks on the ramp at Rozana Fashion Show

 UN Women Pakistan in collaboration with Sheworks hosted “Rozana” Fashion ShowRozana held on 12th of March at the UN Women Country Office in Islamabad

In line with International Woman’s day celebrations the United Nations Women office in Islamabad hosted the “Rozana” Fashion show showcasing the finest hand embroidered collection for ladies from Sheworks & Sabah Pakistan; along with an exquisite collection for men by Mohataram.

Jacqui Ketunuti High Commissioner Maldives walks the ramp wearing SheWorks

This fashion show broke away from tradition, by curating designs made by artisans from rural communities of Pakistan and offering a prestigious line up of models, who represented the crème de la crème of the diplomatic community.

H.E. Androulla Kaminara EU Ambassador to Pakistan fashioning a SheWorks creation on the ramp

Rozana Fashion show models included the EU Ambassador – H.E. Androulla Kaminara; the Canadian Ambassador – Ms. Wendy Gilmore; the Maldivian Ambassador –Farzana Zahir- Ms. Lina Mousa; Rebekah Bell FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) Representative from Australia to Pakistan , the Deputy County representative – Ms. Jacqui Ketunuti and the Head of development at High Commission of Canada- Mr. Chris Khug to name a few.

Farzana Zahir – Ambassador of Maldives to Pakistan adorned in SheWorks Kurta

“We were extremely elated to be invited by UN women to participate in Rozana Fashion show; it gave us an opportunity to exhibit our work and also share our brands story, for us this is a labor of love, focusing on functional design whilst highlighting traditional techniques of hand embroidery and aesthetic appeal in our work. We look forward to many more opportunities and collaborations.” says Samina Mahmud, Founder of SheWorks

Rebekah Bell – FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) Representative from Australia to Pakistan dressed in Sheworks
Anna Ostby- Spouse of Resident Representative UNPD Pakistan dressed in SheWorks

UN women gave a voice and platform to the artisans who have created the intricate designs, artisans present at the show from Bhawalpur were Zareena Bibi from Wazir Wali, Tasleem Bibi & Rubeena Bibi from Jan Muhammad; and Faiza Bibi

Nosheen Bibi & Rubina Bibi came from Haripur district KPK, Faiz Buttry Village. They were invited to share their inspiring personal journey as artisans with the audience.

The Rozana Fashion show was instrumental in supporting and highlighting homegrown fashion brands, Sheworks which is a Social enterprise for change based out of Islamabad and works with artisans from South of Punjab; Sabah Pakistan a non profit organization based in Haripur district – KPK and Mohtaram the men’s brand of fashion.

SheWorks team with the artisans at Rozana Fashion Show

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Artisanal activities generate income, create jobs, foster economic communities, sustain ancient techniques, and preserve culture and meaning that is an essential component of healthy and sustainable development.
SheWorks strives to launch a campaign and a set of related activities to build awareness and broaden support of the artisan sector (assess need, audience, potential partners, conduct research to make economic case, develop communication messages)

We work with business, supporting product development and design, implementing the production through the artisans collaborating with SheWorks

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Attempt to ascent the 6,100-meter high mountain Zoui Sar this winter

Two mountaineers gear up to conquer the un-summited Zoui Sar located on the Malangudi glacier, Pakistan

There are many unclimbed peaks in Pakistan and as Pakistan opens up itself to travelers, the unexplored mountains become an opportunity for climbers to discover new heights. This march, the team involved is passionate and has the skills and expertise to climb; with unique backgrounds, they represent diversity, inclusivity and love for climbing. Attempting this summit are Qudrat Ali (Climb Leader) and Namal Siddiqui (Expedition Member).

The lead climber on this expédition is the celebrated mountaineer Qudrat Ali, hailing from Shimshal Valley in Pakistan. Among the many mountains he has summited there are 4×8000m summits: (Broad Peak, G1, G2, Nanga Parbat) and 2 winters ascents of 6000m while also attempting a winter ascent of Broad Peak but had to abandon the climb 200m before the summit. Qudrat has walked barefoot from Gilgit to Shimshal to honor his ancestors who roamed the land barefoot, spending 14 hours outside in -25C using a sleeping bag only and sleeping in a crevasse. He also holds the world record of traversing three mountain ranges. He has been actively encouraging female climbers to participate in all his expeditions since 2007, ensuring equal opportunities for everyone who is passionate about mountaineering.

Qudrat Ali

“One of the reasons of attempting this climb is to create a positive and inviting image of Pakistan to the world. I have co founded the Shimshal Mountaineering School, so that we can train and groom mountaineers, there are many times I sponsor students because I believe that no one should miss out on their dreams because of financial constraints. We also want to provide equal opportunities for girls and boys both, and build their confidence in this as a vocation.” says, Qudrat Ali

Namal Siddiqui

Namal Siddiqui adds, “With great love and respect for the ones we have lost, we continue to keep their legacy alive. Losing Ali Sadpara this winter, has been a wake up call for mountaineers and the country. Ali Sadpara had a dream: to create opportunities for his people and to put Pakistan on the map. This dream is not a one man’s job, it requires faith and support from our country and from people who have a voice – collectively. I am excited to be part of this community while representing female climbers.”

Namal is a Pakistani, born and raised in the UAE. She recently gave up her corporate life of 14 years to exclusively pursue her love of mountaineering by moving her base to Islamabad, Pakistan. She has summited 2 of the 7 highest summits of the continents: Mount Elbrus and Mount Kilimanjaro along with Mount Toubkal, highest in North Africa. Besides this she has attempted Mount Kazbegi. She has been on a winter survival training camp, ice climbing and rock climbing training to fine-tune her technical skills.

Namal Siddiqui

Qudrat is an expert world record holder climber, Namal is experienced and learning the ropes. Their objective for this climb is to promote Pakistan and stand for inclusivity, Namal is aiming to represent and inspire more female mountaineers in the region. This 10-day expedition begins from 10th till 20th of March, a first time attempt to summit the magnificent Zoui Sar. If they are able to climb before 21st March, it will be a winter ascent and if weather conditions don’t allow them before, it will be the first ascent of Zoui Sar.

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