Pakistani becomes youngest to scale K2

World | REUTERS 28 Jul 2021

A 19-year-old Pakistani has become the youngest person to summit K2, the world's second highest mountain.

Shehroze Kashif reached the 8,611-meter summit early yesterday.

Kashif, who began climbing in his early teens, scaled the world's 12th highest mountain, 8,047-meter Broad Peak, at the age of 17. In May, he became the youngest Pakistani to scale Mount Everest. He now holds an additional record as the youngest person to have climbed K2 and Everest.

Several of Pakistan's youngest climbers have been on K2 in recent days. Sajid Ali Sadpara, who in 2019 became the youngest to climb K2 at the age of 20, is part of an expedition there to find the body of his father, who went missing along with two other climbers in February.

On Monday, sherpas discovered the bodies of Muhammad Ali Sadpara of Pakistan, Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr.

On Sunday night the body of Scottish climber, Rick Allen, 68, was recovered after he was swept away by an avalanche while attempting to traverse a new route on K2's southeastern face.

Earlier this month, Kim Hong-bin, 57, a South Korean Paralympian, went missing after falling from the nearby Broad Peak.



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