Catterick Garrison soldiers complete Pakistan mountain expedition

Captain Tom Kingsley.

A Pakistan and UK team from Catterick Garrison has successfully completed a joint expedition in the Karakoram Mountains in northern Pakistan.

The eight-person UK team was formed from 32 Engineer Regiment based at Marne Barracks in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

The Pakistan team was a combination of engineers and high altitude school instructors.

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The Harakoram Mountains are the most condensed cluster of peaks found anywhere in the world and includes K2, the 2nd highest peak in the world standing at 8,611 metres.

The five-day expedition was from Minapin to the base camp of Rakaposhi at 3,300m following the Minapin Glacier which runs at 3,640 metres above sea level.

Major Dale Luttig, the leader of the UK team, said: “I was delighted to lead this successful expedition. Our long-standing defence links are a key part of our two countries’ relationship and I am proud that the Royal Engineers are a part of this strong bond.

“It was an informative and insightful expedition delivered by the Pakistani Army High Altitude School. My highlights were the drive along the Karakoram Highway to Khunjerab Pass and the Minapin Glacier at the base of Rakaposhi topped off with the copious amounts of handi chicken curry and illuminating conversations with the Pakistani officers over dinner.”

Captain Tom Kingsley, said: “With this being the first adventurous training expedition to Pakistan in more than 40 years we were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country.

“Visiting the meeting place of the Hindu Kush, the Karakoram Mountains and the Himalayas was the highlight for me quickly followed by playing sports (badly) at high altitude.”

Sapper Liam Doak, from Middlesbrough, said: “What an amazing expedition! I especially enjoyed the visit to Attabad Lake and the surreal views of the Minapin Glacier. I would like to thank the High Altitude School and the people of Pakistan for a once in a lifetime experience.”