PAKISTAN – Making History in Mountaineering

K2 (left); Broad Peak (right)

Pakistan has been in the limelight on the forefronts in the sport of Mountaineering Tourism.

After the successful historic first ever K2 (8611 meters) Winter Expedition by led by Nepalese Mingma Gyalje Sherpa (summited 13 of the 14 eight thousander peaks) and his team; Mohammad Ali Sadpara attempted (starting 3 February, 2021) without supplement oxygen in the harsh winter. Born in the mountains, Sadpara, a renowned Pakistani high altitude mountaineer, along with his companion John Snorri from Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile, before making it to the summit ended up in a tragedy as the mountaineers went missing, and after hectic search mission by Pakistan Army, they were presumed dead on the 2nd highest and most challenging mountain on earth. Sadpara has successfully climbed 8 out of the 14 eight-thousand meters peaks in the world.

Ali Sadpara (center) and his companions.

Recently, Shehroze Kashif, from Lahore-Pakistan made history as the youngest ever (aged 19 years) Pakistani mountaineer to have successfully climbed the summit (11 May, 2021) Mount Everest 8848.86 meters in Nepal, the highest in the world. His passion for mountain climbing began at the age of 11 and at age 17 years, he had summited the Broad Peak (8047 meters) in Pakistan that earned him his nick name: Broad Boy.

Shehroze Kashif – the youngest ever to climb the Everest.

Again, within 24 hours, the flag of Pakistan was hoisted on 12 May by mountaineer Sarbaz Khan from Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Sarbaz Khan made a record ascending two 8000er within a month: first he summited the world’s 10th highest peak: Mount Annapurna 8091 meters (Nepal), along with his companion Abdul Joshi in a team of international mountaineers on 16 April, 2021.

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