Shehroze Kashif is at Camp 3 ahead of his quest to become Pakistan’s youngest Everest summiteer.
“A few steps more towards my dream and I will be able to make Pakistan proud by raising the Green Flag on the highest mountain in the world In Sha Allah! Though very close, but I know these last few steps are going to be the toughest and I am prepared to face all the expected and unknowns.
“After years of wait and prep, the moment has arrived finally so it is getting very hard to control my emotions. I’m bursting with excitement, energy and determination. The last couple of years I have done all I could to prepare and be ready for this moment. From research to physical training, from dreaming to motivating myself, yes, I have done it all.
“Amongst all 400 plus mountaineers who are set to climb Everest, I am the youngest. There are international teams with much more resources, latest equipment and facilities from their sponsors while here I am …. One Man Army.
Though I am on my own, young, managing literally everything myself but still, nothing puts me down.
“In fact, it all helps fuel my energies. At 19, Allah Almighty has given me this chance with support of my family and it is time to put in all the effort and become the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest In Sha Allah!
“I am into mountaineering for years but this expedition is one of its kind. Despite becoming a commercial route, there is no denial to the fact that Everest is not a piece of cake. Take out the prepared route, ladders and ropes, and you get the toughest mountain in the world to climb with all kind of hazards. Just imagine going through Khumbu Icefall on your own without ladders, ropes and safer route markings. Western Cwm and Lhotse Icewall are later challenges and then the never-ending climb to the world’s highest point. Simply, Everest commands respect!!!
“As the distance between me and the summit decreases, I would like to request whole Pakistan to pray and be ready for the moment. I can imagine the adrenaline rush and the pride everyone will feel on summit news In Sha Allah.
Can hardly wait for that moment…
“Tears of joy and excitement continue to fill my eyes as I visualize it all…
“Are you ready for it?”
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