- Becomes youngest climber to summit G-II, the 13th highest mountain in the world, which stands above 8,036 meters, Shehroze also summited the world’s highest mountain, Everest and the second tallest mountain, K2, in 2021 and Nanga Parbat on June 29, 2022
Kashif Shehroze aka Broadboy on Sunday became the youngest climber in the world to summit Gasherbrum-II mountain, the Alpine Club of Pakistan confirmed.
Gasherbrum-II, located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, is the 13th highest mountain in the world and stands at over 8,013 meters above sea level. Shehroze, 20, also became the youngest mountaineer in the world in July 2021 to summit K2, at the age of 19.
“Today at 9am Pakistan Standard Time, Shehroze Kashif summited Gasherbrum II 8035m — 13th highest mountain in the world, at the age of 20 years,” Karrar Haidri, Secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said.
A Twitter post by Shehroze also confirmed his accomplishment.
He started his expedition to summit Gasherbrum-II on August 6, 2022. With his latest milestone, Shehroze has submitted nine of the 14 peaks above 8000 meters high.
Shehroze Kashif became the first youngest Pakistani climber and the fourth in the world to summit the 8,849-meter high Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world on May 11, 2021, at the age of 19 years.
On July 3, the mountaineer from Lahore and Fazal Ali from Shimshal, Hunza celebrated the summit of Nanga Parbat. Shehroze summitted three of the highest peaks in the world in 23 days, but at the same time lamented the lack of support from the government or private sector of the country.
A record number of over 140 climbers from Iran, Lebanon, Bangladesh and European countries climbed K2 during the summer season in July and 145 in one single day.
Pakistan is enjoying a bumper climbing season with around 1,400 foreign mountaineers including 90 women climbers bidding to scale its lofty peaks — including hundreds on the 8,611-metre (28,251-feet) K2, the world’s second highest.
The country is home to five of the world’s 14 mountains higher than 8,000 metres, and climbing them all is considered the ultimate achievement of any mountaineer.
Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, told AFP there were 57 expeditions planned for 23 Pakistan peaks this season — with 370 climbers having a crack at K2, known as “the savage mountain”.
Besides being far more technically difficult to climb than Everest, weather conditions are notoriously fickle on K2, which has only been scaled by 425 people since 1954.
A record number of over 160 climbers including six women from Pakistan Iran, Lebanon, Bangladesh and European countries climbed K2 during the summer season in July this year.
Pakistan’s Samina Baig and Naila Kiani, as well as Iranian Afsaneh Hesamifard, Lebanese-Arab Nelly Attar, Bangladesh’s Wasfia Nazreen and Stefi Torguet of Andorra stood on the second highest peak on earth. Over a dozen climbers reach the summit.
Around 200 climbers attempted to scale the 8,051-metre Broad Peak, while similar numbers tried Gasherbrum-I (8,080 metres) and Gasherbrum-II (8,035 metres).
More than 6,000 people have climbed Everest since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first reached the top in 1953 — some of them multiple times.