Ascend launched a new program in Pakistan in 2023, based in the spectacular mountain environment of Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan. Phase 1 invested in the training of local women to form our team of Instructors. Professional outdoors instructors and guides from the U.S. and Norway provided extensive training throughout 2023 to prepare our local team to meet globally recognized standards of safety and technical competence.
In the spring of 2024, we will welcome our first cohort of 30 local girls to the program. Click below to learn more and complete an application.
Our instructors share their knowledge and skills with the community, creating new perceptions and offering opportunity to diverse groups. By partnering with the provincial government and local schools, we create joyful experiences outdoors for children with hearing or visual impairment, schoolgirls, mothers who wish to learn about fitness, and more.
Our instructor team works to protect the landscapes we depend upon by designing cleanup projects and making presentations to schoolchildren about environmental responsibility.