Friday Aug 12 2022

First Pakistani woman climbs world's 11th highest mountain

Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani
Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani

A Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani, Dubai-based, became the first Pakistani woman to summit the world's 11th highest mountain, Gasherbrum-1, at 8080m, on Friday morning.

Naila climbed to the top of G-1 around 7:45 am Pakistan time.

"Summit, Alhamdulilah," she texted from her satellite phone.

"Unbelievable, only three weeks after K2. It was harder than K2. No rope on most technical sections," she added.

This is her third peak of over 8,000 metres, all within Pakistan, making her the first Pakistani woman to summit three of the world's fourteen such peaks.

Naila, a mother of two, had previously summited 8034m, the world's 13th highest mountain, Gasherbrum-1, in 2021 before ascending 8611m, K2, the world's second tallest mountain, last month.

She had climbed K2 shortly after Samian Baig, the first Pakistani woman to do so, and was the second to do so on the same day.

Samina has also climbed Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.

While on her way to scale Gasherbrum-1, Naila informed that G-1, also known as K-5, proved to be more difficult for her than K2, owing to extreme wind conditions.

"It's definitely more difficult than K2, for sure," she said via satellite device from C3 before pushing for the final summit.

Naila is also the first Pakistani woman to complete a 20-day double-header by summiting K2 and Gasherbrum-1.