The Nepali climber, who was part of the team that made history by completing the winter effort at the K2 summit, thanked “Pakistani families for making us feel at home.”
Nepali climber Nirmal Praja said the team was warmly welcomed on arrival in Skardu and Islamabad. Speaking on Twitter, Purja said the climbers were overjoyed and “our hearts are grateful” and thanked the “Pakistani family for making us feel at home”.
“We are honored that so many esteemed representatives of Pakistan came to congratulate our team,” he wrote. It was a great pleasure to meet President Dr. Arif Alvi, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Tourism Minister Zulfiqar Bukhari and our own Gilgit-Baltistan Minister Nasir Ali Khan.
It may be added here that Zulfi Bukhari is not the Minister of Tourism but a special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Pakistanis abroad and human resources.
“We appreciate your encouragement and words of appreciation for our team and the Nepali climbing community,” Purja said. “Small things mean big mountains.”
He added, “The support team that includes porters, base camp support, logistics providers, cooks. Everyone plays a key role. They are the backbone of our campaign and I can’t thank them enough.” ۔ ” “Thank you, Pakistan!”