Ten-year-old Yahya Aziz from Lahore becomes youngest person in the world to reach K2 Concordia and Gondogoro Pass


Ten-year-old Yahya Aziz from Lahore.

Just ponder going to a place where an average healthy adult cannot go as the temperatures are frigid, and the weather is highly unpredictable.

Now, imagine a ten-year-old going to that same place.

Ten-year-old Yahya Aziz.

Yahya Aziz, a ten-year-old Pakistani boy, has become the youngest climber/mountaineer in the world to reach the Concordia (K2 Basecamp) and to cross the Gondogoro La (5585m).

Concordia is the title for the convergence of the mighty Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier. It is a popular base camp for mountaineering expeditions.

A lovely view of the Concordia. (Peter Watson / Lonely Planet)

Gondogoro La is a mountain pass around 25km south of K2. The pass has one of the most surreal and panoramic views globally, with all Karakoram’s 8000m peaks close at hand.

A surreal view of four of the world’s 8000m peaks from the Gondogoro La. (Molly Tolzman / Flickr)

Yahya, along with his father, Omar Aziz, and his father’s colleague, Muhammad Ahmad, traveled for 90 kilometers in just 14 days to reach his destination and experience the scenic beauty of K2.

Yahya Aziz, and his father, Omar Aziz, hug each other after achieving the goal of crossing the Concordia and Gondogoro La.

By doing so, Yahya made a world record for becoming the only ten-year-old in the world, let alone a Pakistani, who made it to the K2 Basecamp and crossed the Gondogoro La Pass.

Children like Yahya make Pakistan immensely proud and disclose that the South Asian nation is full of individuals with hidden talents — only waiting to come out at the right time when nurtured.

It is pertinent to note that the youngest Pakistani to scale the peak of K2 is 19-year-old Shehroze Kashif from Lahore.

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