A ‘sense of achievement’ for young Pakistani who summited K2

Islamabad, Aug 01 (AP):
A young mountaineer who last week scaled the second-highest mountain on earth, said Sunday he felt a sense of achievement as he stood atop the K2 summit and hoisted the Pakistani flag.
Shehroz Kashif, 19, who hails from the eastern city of Lahore, summited K2 at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) Tuesday morning, becoming the world’s youngest mountaineer to scale the treacherous mountain, according to Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan.
I faced a lot of difficulties, I had no porter along and carried all gadgets and luggage by myself, Kashif told The Associated Press in an interview. He said he received a lot of help from Nepali Sherpas, however. Sherpas are known for their endurance at high elevations and often serve as guides for foreign mountain climbers.
Located in the Karakoram Range in northern Pakistan near the country’s border with China, K2 is considered by many to be the most dangerous mountain in the world for climbers. It’s nicknamed the savage mountain.
Kashif, wearing a thick brown jacket, noted that K2 has several dangerous points along the route to the summit, including Chimney, Bottleneck and Shoulder.
Kashif said the mountaineering management in Pakistan cooperated with him to make his climb a success and he said his parents were grateful, too. He said he experienced a sense of achievement becoming the youngest mountaineer to scale K2.

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