Mahfooz, a civilian instructor at the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM&WS) in Aru (Pahalgam), scaled the world’s highest peak.
“At 6.20 am on June 1, I scaled Mount Everest [8,849 metres], the highest peak in the world,” Mahfooz said.The expedition was led by Colonel LS Thapa, an ace climber who has scaled Mount Everest twice. Colonel Thapa is currently principal at JIMWS Pahalgam.
Belonging to a middle-class family from the Kujjar area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Mahfooz’s father is a barber.It was a tough adventure for Mahfooz as he was stuck for 10 days with a team at camp 2 due to heavy winds on Mount Everest.
Speaking to India Today TV, Mehfooz said, “Youths of Kashmir should choose adventure sports as we have lots of potential here for it.”