Ahmed Uzair and Anum Uzair have become the first Pakistani couple to have climbed a mountain over 8,000 metres high. Twitter photo
In a historic feat, a Lahore-based husband-wife Ahmed Uzair and Anum Uzair have etched their names in the annals of mountaineering as the first Pakistani couple to reach the summit of Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, standing at a formidable 8,163 metres above sea level in Nepal.
Accompanied by a team of three Sherpas, the husband-and-wife adventurers achieved this remarkable milestone on a glorious on Sunday, as confirmed by Seven Summit Treks, the organisers of the expedition.
By accomplishing the feat, Ahmad, who is a lawyer by profession, and Anam, who is a forensic scientist, have become the first Pakistani couple to have climbed a mountain over 8,000 metres high.
According to mountaineering company Seven Summit Treks, which spearheaded the climb, the husband-wife duo successfully climbed the peak along with three Sherpas.
Alpine Club of Pakistan Secretary Karrar Haidri told Dawn News that the couple “have created history” by becoming the first Pakistani couple to summit the peak. “Pakistan feels incredibly proud of this outstanding accomplishment by Ahmed and Anum,” he said.
In the wake of their triumphant achievement, the couple received heartfelt congratulations from fellow mountaineer Sheroze Kashif, who himself triumphed on Manaslu just a few days earlier. “Anum and Uzair, you did it! What a piece of news to wake up to! It’s truly an outstanding achievement,” he exclaimed on the microblogging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
This remarkable achievement comes just days after Naila Kiani became the first Pakistani woman to conquer Mount Manaslu. Notably, the seasoned climber Sirbaz Khan also completed the ascent of Manaslu peak earlier in the week, accompanied by Naila Kiani.
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The 31-year-old Samina reached the top of the 8,611-metre peak early on Friday as part of a seven-member local team, and was followed hours later by a second Pakistani woman, Dubai-based Naila Kiani.
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