Jordanian mountaineer Mostafa Salameh on Saturday registered a new achievement by reaching the South Pole within 38 days.

Salameh spent 50 days in Antarctica during which he crossed 985 kilometres in very cold weather conditions, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

He also hoisted the Jordanian flag and the Hashemite banner on the farthest point in the southern hemisphere, becoming the first Arab to come this far.

He faced challenges such as low visibility that did not exceed 20 metres due to the snow, fog and cloudy skies, Petra added. Salameh, who successfully made it to the summit of Mount Everest, became one of only 235 people in the world to scale the Seven Summits — the highest mountains on all seven continents — in November 2012 when he climbed to the top of Puncak Jaya in Indonesia.

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