Shehroz Kashif, a Pakistani mountaineer who became the world’s youngest mountaineer to scale the treacherous K2 last year, announced on Thursday that he has summited Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal, making him the youngest person in history to do it.
The world’s third tallest peak, Kanchenjunga, is a favorite destination for climbers visiting Nepal during the spring climbing season, which concludes this month. Kanchenjunga, according to climbers, is a tough mountain to ascend due to its remote location and avalanche risk.
Kashif, 20, declared on Twitter today, Thursday, at 3:05 p.m. that he had summited Kanchenjunga, edging closer to being the youngest person to conquer all 14 of the world’s highest summits.
“The World’s Youngest!” He tweeted, “First ever #Pakistani to raise Green Flag.”
Kashif, a Lahore native, began mountaineering at the age of 11 when he ascended a modest peak and subsequently progressed to greater heights.
Kashif also made history by becoming the youngest Pakistani to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, in May.
The Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, which span Nepal, Tibet, and Pakistan, contain the world’s 14 tallest peaks, all of which are above 8,000 meters
The Alpine Club claimed in a statement that Kashif has just set two new world records. “Kanchenjunga summited by the world’s youngest mountaineer… Everest 8849m, K2 8611m, and Kanchenjunga 8586m are the three highest peaks in the world, and she is the world’s youngest mountaineer.”