I have known Ali Muhammed Saltoro and his tour company, Alpine Adventure Guides Pakistan for two years in both a personal and professional capacity. As leader and founder of the Karakoram Anomaly project (www.karakoram.co) - a multidisciplinary endeavour to investigate why, while mountain glaciers in other parts of the world are receding and shrinking due climate change, many Karakoram glaciers are advancing. The effect, known as the Karakoram Anomaly, has drawn the attention of scientists around the world. My team and I had worked with Alpine Adventure Guides to add to the understanding of the glaciers’ behaviour and the risk they present to people living in the region, particularly in respect to the risk of glacial lake outburst floods. The Karakoram Anomaly project comprised a complex two-month expedition into the heart of the remote Central Karakoram Range to carry out scientific research, community development, filming and mountaineering activities. Mr Muhammed has been our tour guide and in country organizer for the expedition to Shimshal valley. His resourcefulness and capacity to manage challenging logistics have been invaluable to our project and I would recommend his services for any mountaineering or scientific endeavour in the Karakoram Mountains. Being able to adapt to differing individual and expedition needs as well as fluctuating budgets, Alpine Adventure Guides has enabled us to carry out a successful expedition. I can confidently vouch for Ali’s personal and professional qualities. I know him to be an approachable and knowledgeable person with good communication skills in English and excellent knowledge of expedition and mountain logistics. From my contact with him, I know him as an honest, reliable and friendly person, having the skills, resources and contacts to organize successful expeditions to the top of K2 as well as the farthest regions of the Karakoram. In my eight-year experience as expedition leader and mountaineer, I have collaborated with many expeditions and tour guides. Ali would compare favorably with the best of them. I therefore, wholeheartedly recommend Ali Muhammad Satoro and his company, Alpine Adventure Guides Pakistan to organize your expedition to the Karakoram.
Sergiu G. Jiduc BSc, MSc
Environmental Sustainability Scientist
Imperial College London.
Project Leader and Founder
Karakoram Anomaly Project.