Sirbaz Khan, Pakistan’s young mountaineer given a reception for ascending Mt Everest

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Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan’s mountaineer hailing from Hunza, who scaled the highest peak on earth Mount Everest in May this year was given a reception by Serena Hotel Islamabad under its adventure diplomacy.

CEO of the hotel Aziz Boolani while paying rich accolades to Sirbaz Khan said, “We have been supporting talent to promote adventure tourism where needed and trying to bring diverse experiences to our community through our various initiatives.”

Boolani reiterated the resolve that Serena Hotels would continue supporting the Pakistani talent.

General Manager Serena Hotels Islamabad, Michel Andre Galopin, Hussain Odhwani and other officials of the hotels were also present.

Ambassadors of Indonesia, Norway, Canada, Poland, Morocco, Belgium and other countries were also invited to the occasion.

Serena Hotels has been supporting Sirbaz Khan on his ‘Mission Summit 14’.
This was his fourth consecutive successful summit after K2 (8,611m), Nanga Parbat (8,126m) and Mount Lhotse (8,516m).

Sirbaz Khan achieved the milestone a day after the country’s youngest hiker Shehroze Kashif reached the summit but Sirbaz Khan has another feather in his cap by climbing another 8 thousander in Nepal before Everest.

He is the first Pakistani to conquer the Annapurna peak. Further Sirbaz Khan surmounted it without oxygen.

Sirbaz thanked the management of Serena Hotel for hosting a reception gor him.
I am proud of raising Pakistan’s flag on top of the world, for which I thank Allah SWT, he said adding his aim was to keep inspiring Pakistan’s mountaineering community by becoming the first Pakistani to scale the 14 highest peaks of the world.

“Making an international name in mountaineering will help uplift and bring development to the remote areas of the northern areas.

I dedicate my success to the support of the whole team including the high and low altitude porters, cooks, helpers and everyone from mountaineering community,” said Sirbaz, as he thanked Serena Hotels and other sponsors for their support.

Sirbaz summited Mt. Everest just 26 days after becoming the first Pakistani along with Abdul Joshi to ascend Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest peak in the world, also in Nepal.

Sirbaz, 32, who hails from Aliabad, Hunza, began his professional climbing career in 2016 and is regarded a talented and focused climber.

He also dedicated his ascent to the memory of Pakistan’s iconic climber and role model Ali Sadpara who went missing early this year during winter expedition of K2.

Sirbaz was basically a kitchen worker when he entered into practical life.
He also served as porter to other mountaineers.

Finally he reached a conclusion that he should try his capabilities and luck in mountaineering and he made it.

On 17th June 2021, Thursday, he left Islamabad for another adventure, that is Gasherbrum, in his own native territory Gilgit Baltistan.

It is a remote group of peaks situated at the northeastern end of the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range.

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