Sirbaz Khan: First Pakistani to reach the summits of nine of the world’s fourteen tallest peaks
After scaling the 8,167-meter-high Dhaulagiri mountain in Nepal on Friday, 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 metres, according to Karrar Haidri, Alpine Club of Pakistan Secretary.
The climbers reached the top of the world’s seventh highest peak on Friday morning, according to Seven Summit Trek authorities, with Sirbaz hoisting Pakistan’s national flag at the pinnacle.
Sirbaz had recently communicated with Dawn from Dhaulagiri, saying he was keen to summit the peak on Friday morning.
Dhaulagiri, part of the Himalayas mountain range, is commonly regarded as one of the most difficult summits to scale due to its sheer slopes and severely cold environment.
Congratulations flooded in for Sirbaz as he accomplished the goal.
“Lots of congratulations to Sirbaz Khan to climb Dhaulagiri . After climbing Daulaghiri he is first Pakistani to summit nine 8000 mountains.” tweeted by Sajid Ali Sadpara, climber himself and the son of renowned mountaineer late Mohammad Ali Sadpara.
Sirbaz Khan became the first Pakistani to climb Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain at 8,516 metres in Nepal, without using supplemental oxygen tanks in 2019. Sirbaz, 32, comes from the Aliabad region of Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan, and began climbing in 2016.
He aspires to be the first Pakistani to summit all 14 of the world’s tallest mountains.