Mountain Climbing- A Life-Threatening Adventure
People have been scaling mountains as a hobby since as early as 1336. With mountaineering, every mountain is a new experience, not to mention the feeling of achievement from conquering each new mountain. Climbing mountains embodies the thrills produced by testing one’s courage, resourcefulness, cunning, strength, ability, and stamina to the utmost in a situation of inherent risk. For most climbers, the pleasures of mountaineering lie not only in the “conquest” of a peak but also in the physical and spiritual satisfaction brought about through intense personal effort, ever-increasing proficiency, and contact with natural grandeur. Here, we will throw some light on the 4 Pakistani mountaineers who made the country exceptionally proud.
Samina Khayal Baig is a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer who in 2013 climbed Mount Everest and then all Seven Summits by 2014. She is the first Pakistani woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits. She is also the first and youngest Muslim woman to climb Mount Everest, having done so at the age of 21. Samina is the first to climb the peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) in Pakistan in 2010, which was later renamed Samina Peak after her. She reached the summit of ‘Koh-i-Brobar’ (‘Mount Equality’) in 2011.
Samina Baig captured all of the seven summits at only 23 years of age. It is a big honor to hoist our green flag on the seven summits.
Shehroze Kashif is the youngest Pakistani to conquer Earth’s highest mountain. Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth. Mount Everest is a peak in the Himalayas Mountain range. It is located between Nepal and Tibet, an autonomous region of China. At 8,849 meters (29,032 feet), it is considered the tallest point on Earth. Shehroze Kashif is the youngest Pakistani to summit Mt. Everest at the age of 19 years.
Pakistan’s pride Shehroze Kashif emerges as the youngest individual to set a world record of conquering Mount Everest at the height of 8,848 meters.
Ali Sadpara is one of the very few names in the country who have risen at a global level. Started as a porter, Ali made his first-ever proper climb in 2004 while accompanying an expedition to K2. Sadpara had successfully climbed eight of the 14 eight-thousanders on Earth. His first climb was Gasherbrum II, located in the Karakoram range. Sadpara had successfully ascended Nanga Parbat four times in his mountaineering career.
Back in February 2021, Pakistan’s climbing hero Muhammad Ali Sadpara went missing with two other mountaineers, John Snorri from Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile during their expedition towards the K2 summit on February 05.
Amir Mehdi was a Pakistani mountaineer and porter known for being part of the team which managed the first successful ascent of Nanga Parbat in 1953, and K2 in 1954 with an Italian expedition. Mehdi left mountaineering after the K2 attempt. The Italian government claimed it and awarded him a pension, but his son denied this. Amir served briefly as a government servant of Pakistan, before living out the rest of his modest life in his hometown Hassanabad. Mehdi died of old-age in 1999, in Hunza.