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Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 cohort.

Girls between the ages of 15-23 are invited to apply.

Please submit applications before April 1.

The program be held in Skardu mid-April through November. 


Ascend is a holistic after school program for girls ages 15-23 interested in growing her self-esteem, potential and experiences. Ascend focuses on 5 pillars of learning: leadership, fitness & nutrition, mental health, community service, and outdoor adventures (such as rock climbing and hiking).

Girls will experience classroom learning and outdoor activities taught by Ascend's trained and internationally certified local female instructors. Outdoor activities include rock climbing, hiking, camping, mountaineering, and backpacking.



Ascend's program offers world class certified instruction from trained staff. The monthly program cost per girl is 100,000 PKR. However, Ascend offers extensive and full scholarships to local participants who show dedication, commitment and a willingness to complete the full seven-month program.

To receive a scholarship, perspective participants must complete the application above. 



Participants are expected to: 

  •  Attend all after school sessions

  •  Attend weekend activities as planned (1 or 2 times a month)

  •  Be on time to all session and inform staff when you will be absent

  •  Provide for own transportation to and from the Ascend House (transportation to outdoor activities will be provided by Ascend)

  •  Come with an open mind and be willing to try new things

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