Shehroze Kashif now holds the double distinction of being the youngest Pakistani to have summitted both K2 and Mount Everest.
Gulf Today Report
The Pakistan Alpine Club announced on Tuesday that Shehroze Kashif, 19, is the youngest Pakistani to reach the top of the world’s second highest peak K2. He reached the 8,611 metres summit early morning on Tuesday.
His father Kashif Suliman also confirmed that Shehroze has successfully scaled K2 on Tuesday morning and made history. He said Shehroze began his journey towards the ‘Killer Mountain’ two weeks earlier.
President Dr Arif Alvi extended his heartiest congratulations to Shehroze on becoming the youngest mountaineer in the world to scale K2.
The US embassy in Islamabad also congratulated Shehroze for his record-breaking feat. !What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations Shehroze Kashif,! the US embassy tweeted.
Shehroze, who began climbing in his early teens, scaled the world's 12th highest mountain, 8,047-metre Broad Peak, at the age of 17.
Earlier in May, he became the youngest Pakistani to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. Shehroze was the fifth Pakistani to summit Mount Everest, at 5:05am that morning, and won the title of the world's youngest mountaineer.
Shehroze now holds an additional record as the youngest person to have summit K2 and Everest. At 8,849m, Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world.
Before Shehroze, Sajid Sadpara, the son of the legendary Muhammad Ali Sadpara, was the youngest Pakistani to have scaled K2. He was 20 at the time.
The head of the Pakistan Alpine Club said about two dozen climbers from various countries, who were trying to scale K2, were heading back to their base camps after the immediate suspension of winter expeditions.
A military statement elaborating the day search and rescue operation said despite "extremely challenging conditions," the army helicopters searched Abruzzi Spur and other routes but no trace of the missing climbers so far.
The GB cabinet held a special meeting chaired by Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan to pay tribute to Sadpara. The cabinet also approved establishment of Mohammad Ali Sadpara Institute of Adventure Sports Mountaineering and Rock Climbing in recognition of his services.
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