KARACHI: Mountaineer Sirbaz Khan made history on Friday by becoming the first Pakistani to climb nine of the world’s fourteen tallest peaks, according to Anadolu Agency.
According to the Alpine Club of Pakistan, a climber from Hunza summited Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s 7th highest peak in Nepal.
Because of its steep slopes and very cold temperature, the massif, which is part of the Himalayas mountain range, is often considered as one of the most hardest mountains to climb. Khan was part of the ‘SST-Dhaulagiri I Expd. 2021 Autumn’ expedition, which included 19 people.
Khan’s goal was to climb all 14 peaks above 8,000 metres across the world, and this expedition was part of that goal. According to the announcement, the mountaineer had previously ascended eight summits above 8,000 metres, including Mount Everest and K-2, the world’s highest and second highest peaks, respectively.
Khan’s feat was praised by climber Sajid Ali Sadpara, son of late mountaineer Ali Sadpara.
The 32-year-old climber, who is from Gilgit-beautiful Baltistan’s Hunza region, began his professional climbing career in 2016.
In 2019, he became the first Pakistani to summit Mount Lhotse in Nepal, which stands at 8,516 meters (27,939-foot) and is the world’s fourth-highest mountain.
He continued his mission to conquer Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Manaslu, Anapurna, and Gasherbrum II in his 8,000-metre peaks’ expedition.
Khan had accompanied Pakistan’s iconic mountaineer, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, on four of his 8,000-metre peaks expeditions. Sadpara died in February this year while attempting to ascend K-2 without supplementary oxygen. Khan was aiming to become the first Pakistani to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000-metre.