According to the Alpine Club of Pakistan, a 19-year-old Pakistani has become the youngest person to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain.
Shehroze Kashif reached the summit of the 8,611-meter (28,251-foot) mountain on Tuesday at 8:10 a.m. (02:40 GMT).
Congratulations Pakistan! @Shehrozekashif2 has set the record for being the youngest Pakistani to reach the K2 summit! What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations Shehroze Kashif! #PakistanOnK2
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— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) July 27, 2021
Shehroze Kashif began climbing in his early teens and at the age of 17 climbed the world’s 12th highest mountain, the 8,047-meter (26,400-foot) Broad Peak.
In May, he made history by becoming the youngest Pakistani to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. He also holds the record for being the youngest person to reach the summits of K2 and Everest.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Pakistan’s borders are open, and there are few other places to go, the country’s summer climbing season is drawing a significant number of alpinists.
K2 is known as “the savage mountain” because of its extreme circumstances, which include winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour) and temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 Fahrenheit).
The US Embassy in Islamabad also congratulated Shehroze Kashif on his record-breaking feat.
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K2 is regarded to be the world’s most hazardous peak, and a winter summit has long been a struggle for mountaineers. It is located in the Karakorum Range in northern Pakistan, close to the country’s border with China.
Unlike Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, which has been reached by millions of climbers young and old, fewer people try K2.
In January of this year, a team of Nepalese climbers achieved the first-ever winter summit of the mountain.
Bodies of missing climbers spotted
In recent days, some of Pakistan’s youngest climbers have been on K2.
Sajid Ali Sadpara, who at the age of 20 became the youngest person to climb K2 in 2019, is part of an expedition to the summit to locate his father’s remains, who went missing in February with two other climbers.
Sherpas tying ropes for climbers around 300 meters (984 feet) below the Bottleneck discovered the remains of Pakistani Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Icelander John Snorri, and Chilean Juan Pablo Mohr on Monday.
Samina Baig, 30, said the same day that she was abandoning her attempt to climb the peak due to hazardous circumstances. In 2013, Baig became the youngest Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest.
Rick Allen, 68, a Scottish climber, was found dead on Sunday night after being carried away by an avalanche while attempting to cross a new route on K2’s southeastern face.
Kim Hong-bin, a 57-year-old South Korean Paralympian, went missing earlier this month after falling from the neighboring Broad Peak.