On Tuesday, 23-year-old Asad Ali Memon became the first Asian to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain(5,895 metre) in Africa, in less than 24 hours.
He achieved this feat within 20 hours.
Memon reached the Mweka gate (finish point) at midnight after climbing the Uhuru peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in the United Republic of Tanzania.
The young climber started his journey for the summit from the Umbwe Gate (start point) early Monday morning and opted for the most challenging route to the summit, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan High Commission in Tanzania.
“His mission to traverse the summit and return within one day (24 hours) has been achieved well within the time limit despite being a snowy and rainy weather during the day,” the statement said.
Memon is an undergraduate student in Karachi but is originally from Larkana.
He has scaled mountains across Pakistan, Nepal and Russia.
“Mountains have taught me patience. They have taught me the importance of life. One wrong step can be deadly. There is a whole new world and life to discover,” Memon told Express Tribune.
The high commission said: “His solo summit of Uhuru peak will contribute to opening new vistas of collaboration in adventure sports and tourism between Pakistan and Tanzania.