In a remarkable achievement, 21-year-old Pakistani mountaineer Shehroze Kashif has reached the “true summit” of Mount Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest peak, standing tall at 8,163 meters. This accomplishment has not only solidified his place in mountaineering history but also established him as the youngest Pakistani to conquer the “true summit” of Manaslu.
Hailing from Lahore, Shehroze Kashif reached Manaslu’s highest point at 5:01 am PKT on a Wednesday morning, a moment confirmed by his father, Kashif Salman. This ascent marked his second journey to the Nepalese Himalayan giant. In his initial climb in September 2021, Shehroze reached what was initially considered the summit point. However, it was later revealed that the actual summit, identified as the “true summit,” was a few meters beyond the previously recognized spot.
Despite receiving certification from Nepalese mountaineering authorities for his first climb, Shehroze chose not to include it in his record. His determination to reach the “true summit” led him back to Manaslu, a goal he successfully achieved during his recent expedition.
Shehroze Kashif’s mountaineering journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. He holds the distinction of being the youngest climber globally to conquer 12 out of 14 eight-thousanders, the world’s highest peaks. His next challenges on the horizon are Cho Oyu, an 8,188-meter peak, the world’s sixth-highest mountain, and Shishapangma, which stands at 8,027 meters and is the 14th and final eight-thousander.
Later this month, Shehroze is expected to travel to China to attempt these last two peaks as part of his quest to become the world’s youngest climber to conquer all 8,000-meter peaks. His remarkable journey and determination continue to inspire climbers and mountaineering enthusiasts worldwide.