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Climber from Kulgam scales Mount Everest

SRINAGAR: Twenty six-year-old Mahfooz Ilahi Hajam, a resident of the Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir, has successfully scaled Mount Everest.

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.

 

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