Nepali climber makes history after scaling Pakistan’s peak

A Nepalese mountaineer reached the summit of Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II mountain on Thursday, setting a new record as he scaled the world’s 14 highest peaks for the second time, all above 8,000 meters.

Sanu Sherpa, 47, summited the world’s 13th highest mountain at 8,035 meters in the early morning, a spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) said.

“A big shout out to Sanu Sherpa. This is a new world record in the history of mountaineering,” ACP Secretary Karrar Haidri told VOA.

Haidri added that a few weeks ago the Nepalese mountaineer also climbed Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, the ninth highest mountain on the planet at 8,126 meters.

The hiking company Sherpa’s Pioneer Adventure in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, has also confirmed his achievement.

Gasherbrum II is the 13th highest mountain in the world. (Courtesy of Sanu Sherpa)

“He is the only person in the world to have climbed each of the 14 tallest mountains twice,” Nibesh Karki, the company’s chief executive, told Reuters.

Nepal is home to eight of the planet’s 14 tallest peaks, including the world’s tallest, Mount Everest; five more are in Pakistan, including the world’s second highest, K2, and one along the border between Nepal and the Tibetan region of China.

Sherpa has summited Everest seven times and K2 twice.

FILE - Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja delivers a speech upon arrival for a welcome ceremony after becoming with his team the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter, Shigar district in northern Gilgit-Baltistan region from Pakistan on January 20, 2021.

FILE – Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja delivers a speech upon arrival for a welcome ceremony after becoming with his team the first to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter, Shigar district in northern Gilgit-Baltistan region from Pakistan on January 20, 2021.

A team of 10 Nepalese climbers made history in January 2021 when they became the first in winter to summit Pakistan’s K2. The peak at 8,611 meters was the last of the 14 highest mountains to be climbed in winter.

Some information for this report comes from Reuters.

Carol N. Valencia