Shehroze Kahif, 19 years old, became the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest on Tuesday.
Chhang Dawa, the expedition manager for Seven Summit Treks and a Nepalese climber, congratulated Kashif on becoming the youngest Pakistani ever to summit Mount Everest. Kashif has successfully climbed Mt. Everest as a part of Seven Summit Treks – Everest Expedition 2021,” he said.
Kashif posted an update on his Facebook page that read, “ALHAMDULILLAH ALHAMDULILLAH. Shehroze Kahif sent me a text message to confirm. The history has been made! !!!!!!!! Ma Sha Allah Shehroze has summited Everest.”
Kashif, who is 17 years old, hails from Lahore and is the youngest Pakistani climber to have reached Broad Peak (8 047m). Kashif used supplemental oxygen during his Broad Peak and Everest climbs.
The Broad Boy earned the title of “The Broad Boy” after his expedition to Broad Peak.
Samina Baig was the first Pakistani woman to summit Everest. She was also the youngest Pakistani at 23 years old.
Kashif developed an interest in trekking at a young, after accompanying his father on a trip outdoors.
In an interview with a television station, the young mountaineer revealed that he had been fascinated by what he imagined would be at the summit long before he even reached it. “Whatever my imagination was, it wasn’t there on the summit.” “When I finally reached the top, I felt proud that I had accomplished something,” he said.
Kashif spent a good month in Nepal acclimatizing and updating his fans via social media.
In a second TV interview conducted in February, he discussed in depth climbing, fitness, and the financial requirements to reach big goals.
There is no comparison to be made between the levels of training a mountaineer receives and that of a cricketer. He said that sometimes, they have to climb 26 hours straight.
“The human mind is the strongest thing on earth; you can’t beat it. It’s important to know if your brain starts to stop working at higher altitudes. Kashif continued to share his fitness regimen and how it is important for decision-making at heights. Mountaineering does not ask for compromise, but rather sacrifice .”
Kashif added that his Everest expedition had cost him Rs10m without any sponsorship from either the government or the private sector.
Kashif stated in the same interview that he would like to form a climbing team with Sajid, the youngest person ever to summit K2 (at the age of only 20) and ascend all 14 8,000m peaks. He quickly noted that sponsorship and patronage would be needed for the young mountaineers. He told the anchor that if the government could give 10 million dollars to each cricketer, it could do anything.
At the age of 11, the Lahori teenager made his first ascent to the 3,885m Makra Peak. He then climbed Musa Ka Musalla (4,080m), the highest peak in the area.
He continued to train harder and longer treks. At 14, he completed the Gondogor la K2 Base Camp Trek. At 15, he was able to complete the Khurdo Pin Pass trek (5,800m). At the age of 18, he completed Khusar Gang – a 6,050m Alpine peak.
Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, confirmed Kashif’s achievement and congratulated him.