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Pakistani climbers Sirbaz Khan and Shehroze Kashif make history on world’s fifth highest mountain

Two Pakistani mountaineers made history on May 28 at Mount Makalu in Nepal

Pakistani mountaineers Sirbaz Khan and Shehroze Kashif made history on Mount Makalu in Nepal, world’s fifth-highest peak, on May 28 morning.

Sirbaz Khan became the first Pakistani to have climbed 11 of the world’s 14 mountains higher than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet).

A few minutes before Sirbaz, the 20-year-old Pakistani climber Shehroze Kashif became the youngest mountaineer to summit the world’s five tallest peaks.

Pakistani mountaineering community called it a moment of pride for Pakistan.

Sirbaz becomes first Pakistani to summit 11 of the world’s 14 highest peaks

“Alhamdulilah, another historic achievement as Sirbaz Khan raises the green flag on a record 11th 8000 meter summit as he summited Mt Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world, today at 8am (local time)” announced Saad Munawar, the organizer of the expedition.

“Sirbaz summited the mountain in his usual style without using supplementary oxygen,” he said. 

Sirbaz Khan is on a mission to climb all of the world’s 14 tallest mountains. His ‘Mission Summit 14’ is not just about getting his name into the record books but “is about taking Pakistan and especially the underprivileged mountaineering community of Pakistan to the highest summits.”

Shehroze is world’s youngest to summit all 5 tallest mountains

“Today at 6:56 am PST, Shehroze Kashif has summited Makalu 8463m – 5th highest mountain in the world. And with this, at the age of 20 years, the ‘Broad Boy’ has become the Youngest Mountaineer in the whole world to summit Top 5 highest peaks of the world, Everest (8849m), K2 (8611m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m) and now Makalu (8463m).

He is the only Pakistani to have summited three 8000ers within 23 days, his team said.

The eight thousanders (8000ers) consist of the 14 highest peaks in the world, all of which are 8,000m (26,247 ft) above sea level.

Nuxhat Khurshid
Nuzhat Khurshid is a passionate writer, reader and documentary-maker. She mostly writes on environment, climate change and development issues for Islamabad Scene.

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