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Pakistani photographer shares the plight of K2 summit porters’ exploitation

Pakistani photographer shares the plight of K2 summit porters’ exploitation

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Kamran, a photographer and tourist, in a thread on Twitter states how 3 times K2 summiter Fazal Ali who is part of Ali Sadpara’s rescue mission told him, “A Balti porter told me that even their mules carrying luggage to the basecamp have a better insurance than we do.”

He also asked his followers if they could predict the insurance coverage amount for Pakistani High Altitude Porters (HAPs) who fix ropes and carry load to K2, ranging from 1500 USD to 50,000 USD.

He then revealed that in cases of death, the insurance coverage totals to 1,500 USD and no coverage in instances of injury or permanent disability

Kamran further mentioned several renowned porters and mountaineers who lost their lives at the K2 summit and their families only about 2 Lac rupees as compensation.

Karim has also shared stories of several of these porters on his blog.

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