Visit by Col Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, the Mountaineer

Mount Everest scalar urged youth to explore mountaineering potential of Pakistan.

Adventure climber Col Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, the fourth Pakistani who has scaled Mount Everest this year urged the youth to explore rich mountaineering potential of Pakistan as nature has gifted it with the tremendous peaks ideal for adventure mountaineering.

Col Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, the fourth Pakistani who conquered Mount Everest was addressing students of Cadet College Hassanabdal on Wednesday in a function organized in his honour under the auspicious of college’s Hiking and Paragliding Club to share his experiences and inspire young Cadets to join adventure clubs.

“I wish you could take your time out and engage is hiking and trekking whenever you can and explore nature. It will give you self confidence and courage you never experienced before". Said Col Bhatti. While terming the Northern areas of Pakistan as heaven on earth, he called upon the young cadets to make expedition which would take them to a new world full of natural beauty, adventure and passion. Col Bhatti said that most of the students as well as youth are not aware of rich mountaineering and trekking potential of Northern Areas with its spectacular scenery and surrounding mountains give them many spiritual things that would help them in practical life.

While narrating his passion to challenge the challenges – Col Bhatti has said that he is a dweller of low lands belong to Gujranalwa joins army as medical doctor and then join army special services group- among a few number of professional doctor who join such prestigious combat wing of army and also works in operation wing of country’s premier intelligence agency in operations wing. He said that he got basic training at National School of Mountaineering (ENSA), France and he scaled Broad Peak (8,051 metres) in 1985, Gasherbrum-2 (8,035m) in 1986, and Spantik Peak (7,027m) in 2012 and in token of his achievements, government awarded him with President's Pride of Performance award and the Tamgha-i-Basalat. Col Bhatti has said that he is a dweller of low lands is however the first Pakistani from Punjab set to climb the highest mountain of the world. He has been trained in National School of Mountaineering (ENSA), France and has successfully climbed up to 8000 meters high peaks. Dr. Bhatti is a recipient of president’s medal for pride of performance and Tamgha-e-Basalat. While sharing his full of thrilling tale of expedition to Mount Everest with the cadets, Colonel (retd) Bhatti said he made a world record by spending a night on Mount Everest at a height of 8,500 meters without any oxygen. He said took him one and half months to complete the expedition during which strive for life as he was get out of stock of oxygen and his health become critical. “I scaled Mount Everest- Earth’s highest mountain and its peak is 8,848 meters above sea level due to my sheer determination,” he said.

In his address principal Major General (R) Najeeb Tariq while giving glowing tributes to Col Bhatti for adventure mountaineering has said that he is role model for youth generally and cadets especially who has dedicated his life to meet the different challenges not in professional life but also in sports activities. He vowed to provide all out facilities to the cadets for exploring their potential in adventure sports and mountaineering to utilize their energies towards positive activities.