In a major achievement for Pakistan, climber Shehroze Kashif summited the world’s fourth-highest peak, Mount Lhotse (8,516m), in Nepal on Monday. With this remarkable feat, he has become the youngest climber to summit the top four peaks in the world.
Hailing from Lahore, the 20-year-old Kashif was part of the Seven Summit Treks expedition team which summited directly from camp 3. He started his final summit push on Sunday night and reached the top of Lhotse at around 6 am PKT on Monday morning, his team confirmed.
The achievement comes days after Kashif conquered Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak. He has made history by being the youngest mountaineer to summit the world’s three highest peaks — Everest (8,849m), K2 (8,611m) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m).
He is only the fourth Pakistani who has now summitted six out of 14 highest peaks of the world which are known as “eight-thousanders”. Before him, Sirbaz Ali, Hassan Sadpara and Ali Sadpara had achieved this feat.
Our Mountain Boy has done it again 🇵🇰 🏔 #ShehrozeKashif has summited Mount #Lhotse 8516m (4th highest 🏔) at 5:49am today in Nepal.
Just 10 days ago he summited mount Kanchenjunga 8686m (3rd highest 🏔). It’s 6th 8000m of Shehroze’s career 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/kJyj2JsDrs
— Munazza Anwaar | منزہ انوار (@munazzaanwaar) May 16, 2022
Shehroze Kashif’s first climb was at the age of 11 when he climbed Makra Peak (3,885m), followed by Musa Ka Musalla (4,080m).
Pakistanis making it big
In recent years, Pakistan has emerged with astounding talent in the area of mountain climbing, gaining international recognition.
In 2021, mountaineer Sirbaz Khan became the first Pakistani to climb nine of the world’s highest 14 peaks — each of which has a height of more than 8,000 meters. Afterward, he scaled the 8,167-metre-high Dhaulagiri mountain in Nepal, said Alpine Club of Pakistan Secretary Karrar Haidri.
In 2019, Selena Khawaja, a Pakistani girl only 10 years of age has become the youngest mountaineer in history to reach the summit of a 7000 meter mountain.
She accomplished the feat by successful scaling the Spantik peak which stands tall at 7027 meters. The Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in Spantik-Sosbun mountain sub range of Karakoram in Nagar Valley.