Shehroze Kashif of age 19, became the youngest Pakistani to reach Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak, on Saturday morning.

At such a young age, Shehroze Kashif has already broken records by conquering Mount Everest, K2, and other high mountains. Shehroze Kashif scaled Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak, at 8,163 meters above sea level, on September 25, 2021.

He was nicknamed “The Broad Boy” after summiting Broad Peak at the age of 17. At the age of 11, he began climbing mountains, beginning with Makra Peak, then Musa ka Musalla and Chembra Peak at the age of 12, Mingli Sar in Shimshal at the age of 13, Khurdopin Pass at the age of 15, and Khusar Gang in alpine style at the age of 18.

Following his successful ascent of Mount Everest, the Punjab Sports Board appointed him as the province’s young ambassador.

Shehroze Kashif has become the world’s youngest mountaineer after climbing Manaslu and three other peaks above 8,000 meters in just five months. His father, Kashif Suleman verified to journalists that his son had successfully ascended Manaslu. Kashif, he claimed, was perfectly fit and would return to base camp in two days.

In May, he became the world’s youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest. He utilized artificial oxygen on both his Broad Peak and Everest climbs.

Sajid Sadpara, the son of the renowned Muhammad Ali Sadpara, was the youngest person to climb K2 with supplemental oxygen before Kashif. At the moment, he was 20 years old.

Shehroze Kashif, the youngest Pakistani to reach the top of K2, did it on July 27.

In an interview at the time, he told the Associated Press, “I encountered a lot of problems, I had no porter along and carried all equipment and bags by myself.” However, he stated that he received a lot of assistance from Nepali Sherpas. Sherpas are well-known for their endurance at high altitudes and are frequently used as guides for international mountain climbers.

Kashif stated that the mountaineering management in Pakistan worked with him to make his climb a success and that his parents were also appreciative. He felt a sense of accomplishment after being the youngest climber to conquer K2.

Kashif stated that he began climbing at the age of 11 when he ascended a modest peak and subsequently progressed to larger heights.

“I got mountaineering instruction and technical support before moving on to major summits, including the perilous and challenging mountains K2, Broad Peak, and Mount Everest,” he explained.

Kashif became the youngest Pakistani to reach Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, in May. Kashif now has the distinction of becoming the youngest person to ascend the summits of K2 and Everest.

Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan praised Shehroze Kashif for conquering the world’s eighth highest peak and making the country proud. “At such a young age, Shehroze Kashif has set an unmatched example of bravery,” stated the minister.

This demonstrates how talented Pakistani children are. They just require minimal assistance and training. Unfortunately, there aren’t many climbing training centers in Pakistan. Not only that, but Pakistan lags far behind in terms of other sports training facilities. Due to the hefty costs, it is difficult for a typical sportsman to obtain membership in a prestigious club.

Sports and extracurricular activities are essential for living a healthy life. It develops an individual’s physical and mental strength as well as his or her learning ability. Everyone is required to participate in such events. It works as a deterrence to drugs and other societal ills. The Pakistani government must pay special attention to this.

By Sawera Amjad

Author is a Lahore College for Women University graduate. She writes with zeal and believes that there is nothing greater than words to express herself.

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