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Deosi Festival to be Held in July This Year

The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced Deosai Festival for the year 2016. The event will offer polo matches, zakh competition, paragliding, gems and jewelry showcase, traditional tunes and dances, arts and crafts; and traditional food street according to a flyer posted on Facebook.




The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced Deosai Festival for the year 2016 at Deosai National Park. The event will offer polo matches, zakh competition, paragliding, gems and jewelry showcase, traditional tunes and dances, arts and crafts; and traditional food street according to a flyer posted on Facebook.

According to an official working at tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan department, preparations have already started to make the even successful. The Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Tahir Hussain has also constituted ten sub-committees for to speed up the preparations.

Deosai Festival 2016

A flyer for Deosai Festival 2016 circulated by tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan.

It must be noted that Deosai Festival was scheduled for late August last year but the government had cancelled the event. There was pressure from WWF Pakistan and many environment concerned organization to cancel the event.


In a letter to G-B government, WWF Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan had written:

“WWF understands that the herbs and fish of the Deosai Plateau make up a significant part of the brown bear’s food. Unfortunately, excessive grazing by nomadic herds (bakarwals) over the years has already degraded the fragile high alpine pastures of the Deosai Plateau. This mega festival threatens to further degrade this unique biodiversity of the Park,”


Deosai Festival 2015

A flyer for Deosai Festival 2015 circulated by tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Nazir Sabir, world renowned mountaineer and former president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan had also showed his dissatisfaction about Deosai Festival. He had commented:

“It is our biggest and the highest altitude plateau in the world and we need to secure it instead of exploiting it with bureaucratic functions and pleasing higher-ups. Shandur has also been damaged because of its yearly polo functions,”

Deosai is world’s second highest mountain plateau in the world. It was declared a national park in 1975. Despite environmental threats, government of Gilgit-Baltistan has decided to arrange the festival. The government hopes that the festival will improve tourism in the region.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.


Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan




Photo: AKAH

To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

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The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

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Sirbaz Khan from Hunza Valley becomes first Pakistani to climb Mount Lhotse




Sirbaz Khan from Hunza Valley becomes first Pakistan to climb Lhotse

History has been made early morning in Nepal as Sirbaz Khan, a mountaineer from the Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan, successfully climbs, Lhotse, world’s 4th highest peak.

The 30-year old climber from Hunza Valley accompanying a 12-member team.

Climber Mingma G made the announcement on his Facebook page. According to Mingma Sherpa, the team reached the summit of Mont Lhotse at 09:47 am on May 14, 2019.

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A portrait of Sirbaz Khan taken after acclimatization at Nanga Parbat Base Camp.

Hailing from Aliabad town in Hunza Valley, Sirbaz Khan has already made a respectable place in the mountaineering fraternity by climbing K2 (8,611m) and Nanga Parbat (8,126m)

The team that climbed Mount Lhotse as part of the Lhotse Expedition 2019 include:

  1. Dawa Gyalje Sherpa (Nepal)
  2. Kili Pemba Sherpa (Nepal)
  3. Pemba Chote Sherpa (Nepal)
  4. Ang jangbu Sherpa (Nepal)
  5. Dendi Sherpa (Nepal)  
  6. Tamting Sherpa (Nepal)
  7. Dawa Tenzing Sherpa (Nepal)
  8. Gao Li (China)
  9. Li Xiaolin (China)
  10. Christina Flampouri (Greece) 
  11. Antonios Sykaris (Greece) 
  12. Sirbaz Khan (Pakistan)

Sirbaz Khan has yet another mission to accomplish. He is aiming to become the first Pakistani to climb Mount Everest without oxygen. He has been training for #MissionEverest for over a month in Nepal.

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