14 Aug '11, 8am

Climbers scale Afghanistan's highest peak

Climbers scale Afghanistan's highest peak

The summit of 7,492m Mount Noshaq (above), located in the Wakhan Corridor of north-eastern Afghanistan, was reached by a team on Aug 4, said Anthony Simms of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Foreign tourists are already visiting the region - an oasis of peace but which suffers grinding poverty - and future climbing expeditions are likely. -- PHOTO: AP AFGHANISTAN (AP) - Foreign and local climbers have recently scaled Afghanistan's highest mountain, indicating that some areas of the war-torn country are ready for a revival in international tourism, an expedition member said on Sunday. The summit of 7,492m Mount Noshaq, located in the Wakhan Corridor of north-eastern Afghanistan, was reached by a team on Aug 4, said Anthony Simms of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Foreign tourists are already visiting the region - an oasis of peace but whic...

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