Renowned mountaineer Sirbaz Khan, who hails from Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan, has set off on an expedition to scale Gashebrum-I at 8,080 metres (26,510 ft).
The noted climber is eyeing his 12th eight-thousander as he has previously scaled 11 out of 14 peaks above 8000 meters in the world.
He is the Pakistani to have climbed 11 of the 14 peaks above 8000 meters, including the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, and the second highest peak K2.
In 2019, he became the first Pakistani to summit Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain at 8,516m in Nepal, without the use of supplementary oxygen.
Moreover, he summited the 8,125-metre-high Nanga Parbat in 2017, 8,611-metre-high K-2 in 2018 and Broad Peak, which has a height of 8,163 metres in 2019. Earlier this year, he climbed the 8,091-metre-high Anapurna mountain, 8,848-metre-high Everest and 8,035-metre-high Gasherbrum II.
On four of these expeditions, he had been accompanied by late Muhammad Ali Sadpara.
Sirbaz is aiming to become the first Pakistani to climb all 14 of the world’s highest peaks.