Renowned mountaineer Rajab Shah has passed away

Islamabad: Rajab Shah, a renowned Pakistani Mountaineer from Shimshal Valley (Upper Hunza), has passed away in Gilgit after brief ailment.

According to a local person, he had been brought to Gilgit from Shimshal for treatment after his health deteriorated. He passed away last night at CMH, Gilgit. He will be laid to rest in his Shimshal tomorrow.

He was winner of the Presidential Pride of Performance Award and had the honor of climbing some of the highest and most difficult peaks of the country.

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  1. Rajab Shah was the Dean of Shimshal’s remarkable mountaineers. In 1998, Rajab Shah at age 49 became the first Pakistani to summit all five of Pakistan’s 8000m peaks, climbing Nanga Parbat in 1989, Gasherbrum I in 1990 and 1992, Broad Peak in 1993, K2 in 1995, and Gasherbrum II in 1998. His entire life he broke new ground and set the standard of excellence for Pakistan’s climbers. We honor his memory and praise his achievements. It has been our privilege and honor to know him as a friend and colleague.

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