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Nanga Parbat (8126 m), Broad Peak (8046 m) and K2 (8611 m) Kazakhstan Expedition
Summer 2003

May 29, 2003 Serguey Lavrov from the way to BC:

The rest of our team arrived May 28 to Islamabad joined us and all of us started to Chilas after lunch. We are preparing our loads (25 kg each - it's a norm for a porter). IT's warm but not hot, as in July 2001 - it's only Spring today. Bye.

Serguey Lavrov is writing the letter.

The coach Ervand Iljinsky (left) and the team leader Maxut Zhumayev

May 27, 2003 Ervand Iljinsky, the coach of the expedition, chef coach of Army Sport Club (CSKA): interview for

May 26, 2003 First time in the Kazakhstan Mountaineering history, there will be the the transmission of the expedition news - the live video will be on four TV channels in Kazakhstan: through the satellite net "Inmarsat". The live video will be provided by "KazTransCom", "Zharyk" and "M`art Production". TV time is guaranteed by "Khabar" agensy.

So, the expedition started. The first members of the team arrived to Islamabad. May 27 other members will join them. Waiting the first expedition video - on "Khabar", "KASPIONET", "C" "NC".

Alexander Severnjuk , May 26

The first news from Serguey Lavrov (from Islamabad):

"May 22 the expedition of Kazakhstam Mountaineering Club "Karakoram- 2003" under the patronage of CSCA - The Central Sport Army Club of Defence Ministry of Kazahkstan Republic started. May 24 meeting with the president ATP company Ashraf Aman and Auaz Afridi (who presented the Ministry of Tourism of Pakistan) took place in Islamabad. Ashraf Aman - the first Pakistan climber, who summited K2 and nubber 6 in the World. Then the team have bought high-altitude food, and some equipment.

We met Italian team led by Simone Moro and Ed Viesturs, who will join us in the ascent.

"M`art Produktion".

From left to right: Serguey Lavrov, Ashraf Aman, Alexey Raspopov, Baglan Zhunusov, Maxut Zhumayev. Ashraf Aman - the first Pakistan climber summited K2, and number 6 in the World.

Ed Viesturs, Simone Moro and Baglan Zhunusov

Message from Pakistan:

Today at the Ministry of Tourism the leader of International Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak and K-2 Expedition had the briefing. The group will be leaving for the mountains tomorrow early in the morning, the Karakoram Highway to Chilas is open now and the team will be in Chilas tomorrow evening. Some members of the the following expeditions will climb Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak only while some will go to K-2 as well.

Essar Karim (Adventure Tours Pakistan) May 26