Kilimanjaro and Everest done, Pathanamthitta man to conquer new heights

Sheikh Hassan Khan

New Delhi: Sheikh Hassan Khan, who hails from Pathanamthitta’s Pandalam, has already trekked ambitious heights like Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro. But this 35-year-old man, who has been working as a finance department employee in Thiruvananthapuram Secretariat, still wishes to conquer new heights.

Khan was interested in travelling since childhood. It was during his deputation to Kerala House here in 2015, that he got to know more about mountaineering. He had serious interest and decided to learn it professionally. For that, he joined mountaineering course. Ever since that he is in pursuit of conquering mountains.

Last year he conquered Mount Kilimanjaro. Interestingly, his Everest mountaineering was out of a wish that he want to do something interesting when India celebrates 75th anniversary of independence. For this, he took leave from March 30. He reached Kathmandu on April 1 and joined a team comprising 12 other mountaineers. Trekking 78000 metre above the sea level, the team reached on the top of Everest on May 15. He hoisted a mega size Indian tricolour atop the mountain.

According to Khan, 30-feet long and 20-feet wide country flag has been hoisted for the first time. He is planning to apply for Guinness World Records. He also claimed that he is the youngest ordinary person in India to conquer Kilimanjaro.

Khan’s ambition is to conquer highest mountains in the seven continents. Up next, he is planning for mountain ranges in North America.

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