Pakistani couple scales 8,163-meter high Mount Manaslu

GILGIT (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s Ahmed Uzair and Anum Uzair became the first husband-wife duo from the South Asian country to summit Nepal’s towering Mount Manaslu, Nepalese commercial adventure operator Seven Summit Treks confirmed on Sunday.

Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters and is located in the west-central part of Nepal. Pakistani mountaineers Naila Kiani, Sirbaz Khan and Shehroze Kashif summited the mountain earlier this month.

Ahmed and Anum Uzair, both parents to two children, summited the mountain on Sunday, Seven Summit Treks wrote on social media platform X. “Congratulations to Ahmed and Anum Uzair who successfully climbed the eighth highest peak, Mt. Manaslu (8163m), this morning,” the company wrote.

“They are the first Pakistani couple to achieve (climb 8,000m peak) this feat.”

Kashif took to X, formerly Twitter, to congratulate the couple on the feat.

“What a piece of news to wake up to! It’s truly an outstanding achievement,” he wrote. The couple are based in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. Speaking to Arab News, Kashif said Uzair is a barrister by profession while Anum is a forensic doctor.

“They are my clients. Under my mentorship, they have also climbed Minglik Sar (6,050 meters) and Hisper (5,246 meters) peaks in the past,” he told Arab News. Both Minglik Sar and Hispar mountains are located in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Kashif said that though the couple had conquered their first eight-thousander (mountains that stand above 8,000 meters high), he believed they would go on to summit more in the future. “They will become the first [Pakistani] couple to summit all 14 [eight thousander] peaks,” he added.