Pakistani Climbers Summit South America’s Aconcagua.
Pakistani mountaineers Abdul Joshi and Saad Munawar have achieved a remarkable feat by successfully reaching the summit of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America and the tallest mountain outside Asia, towering at an impressive 6,962 meters (22,841 feet).
Their ascent to the summit of this formidable peak on February 7 marks a significant milestone in their mountaineering endeavors.
Abdul Joshi, paying a heartfelt tribute, dedicated their climb to the volunteers of Shimshal, particularly honoring his three brothers, Ghulam Murtaza, Karim Uddin, and Javed Rahim.
These brave individuals tragically lost their lives last month while contributing to a community road project in Shimshal Pamir. “I dedicate my recent summit of Aconcagua to the volunteers of Shimshal.
Especially my 3 heroic brothers who embraced martyrdom while serving the community,” Joshi expressed, underscoring the profound impact of their sacrifice.
Abdul Joshi, renowned in the mountaineering realm as the “Path Finder” for his exceptional knack for discovering new, uncharted routes, has garnered widespread acclaim for his numerous climbing triumphs.
Notably, on August 14, 2021, he made history by becoming the first climber worldwide to reach the main 6,160-meter (20,210 ft) peak of Passu Cones in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Joshi’s remarkable journey in mountaineering commenced as a high-altitude porter and helper on expeditions in Pakistan, culminating in his maiden peak ascent, Manglik Sar, at the tender age of 18.
Abdul Joshi’s dedication to mountaineering is paralleled by his unwavering commitment to community service, exemplified by his involvement in numerous high-altitude rescue missions.
One notable incident occurred in June 2019 when he spearheaded a successful rescue operation on Rakaposhi, saving three stranded climbers, including two Czech nationals who were climbing without permits.
Reflecting on his accomplishments in a social media post, the 40-year-old mountaineer remarked, “The feat of summiting a mountain pales in comparison to the achievement of serving the community.”
Saad Munawar, sharing his perspective on their recent achievement, emphasized his extensive climbing background. He said, “I have conquered approximately 10 different peaks in Pakistan, Nepal, Africa, Europe, and now South America. I have scaled Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Europe’s Mount Elbrus, and now South America’s Mount Aconcagua.” Munawar, besides being a seasoned mountaineer, is also a respected author, renowned for his two mountain travelogues, “Chogori” and “Rakaposhi k Saye Mein,” which delve into his profound experiences and insights on mountain exploration.
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