Mountaineer Sirbaz Khan summited the 8,167-metre-high Dhaulagiri mountain in Nepal on Friday, stated Alpine Club of Pakistan Secretary Karrar Haidri. The mountaineer has become the first Pakistani to summit nine of the world’s highest 14 peaks, each having the height of more than 8,000 meters, Dawn reported.

Sirbaz was part of the 19-member ‘SST-Dhaulagiri I Expd. 2021 Autumn’ expedition organised by trekking company Seven Summits Trek.

According to Seven Summit Trek officials, the climbers scaled the world’s seventh highest peak on Friday morning, with Sirbaz raising Pakistan’s flag upon reaching the mountain’s top.

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Dhaulagiri, which forms part of the Himalayas mountain range, is commonly known as one of the hardest peaks to climb due to its steep sides and bitterly cold climate.

Soon after the news broke, social media users congratulated the climber for his achievement.

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Sajid Ali Sadpara, the son of late Mohammad Ali Sadpara and a climber himself, tweeted: “Lots of congratulations to Sirbaz Khan to climb Dhaulagiri. After climbing Daulaghiri he is first Pakistani to summit nine 8000 mountains.”

The 32-year-old mountaineer hails from the Aliabad area of Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan and began his climbing career in 2016.