Jehangir Jamali determined to dog-sled across the Arctic


The Economics teacher from Karachi is currently a candidate for the Fjällräven Polar, a competition to enter an international polar expedition. One is selected for the adventure through votes from their region. Winners of Fjällräven Polar will represent their country and fly their national flag in the expedition.

The submission from each region with the most votes is guaranteed a spot. Pakistan falls into the regional category of “the world” which includes countries such as India.

A thrill seeker by nature, Jamali has climbed Colorado’s Mt Elbert, trekked in Gilgit-Baltistan up to an altitude of 18,000 feet and biked down from the Khunjerab pass. He plans on climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this summer.

“I’m not entirely sure what to expect,” says Jamali of the expedition. “While I’ve done plenty of outdoor activities in extremely cold weather, the only physical effort I’ll be exerting will be dog sledding. Which, if you think about it, is nothing but an extremely cold mode of transport.”

In preparation, he has been maintaining his fitness level but trying not to slim down as fat helps insulate heat. “I’m eating anything and everything I want to,” he says.

You can follow Jamali’s journey to the Arctic and beyond by liking his Facebook page, Arctic Pakistani, or by following him on Instagram @arctic_pakistani