There is no mountain they can’t climb; Pak women create history by scaling ‘treacherous’ mount K2

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani mountaineers not just on top of the world, but Samina Baig and Naila Kiani have created history by becoming the first and second Pakistani women who scaled the world’s second-highest mountain, K2.

Baig, 31, belonging to remote village in Gilgit-Baltistan, was the first to successfully climb the 8,611-meter peak, along with her seven-member team. Dubai-based climber Kiani reached the top of K2 with her fellow climbers less than three hours after Baig’s summit, becoming the second Pakistani woman to do so.

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Baig had already summited the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, in Nepal in 2013. She is also the first and only Pakistani to climb the seven highest peaks of the world, known as the Seven Summits.

“We are extremely proud to announce that Samina Baig, with her strong Pakistani team, successfully summited the world’s most fascinating and dangerous mountain, known as Savage Mountain, the world’s second and Pakistan’s tallest mountain, K2, at 8611 metres this morning at 7:42 am,” a statement from Baig’s team said.

Kiani, a mountain enthusiast and a banker by profession in the United Arab Emirates, is called the “K2 Bride” after her marriage at the K2 base camp in 2018.

Kiani said her late uncle, who passed away in May this year, encouraged and gave her “confidence” to go on the expedition to climb one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.

“My expedition has now taken on a new meaning. I am definitely going. Chacha’s not in this world anymore to realise his dream, but I will dedicate my climbing expedition to him,” said Naila Kiani, mother to a three-year-old son.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Baig and her family in a tweet, applauding the mountaineer for emerging as a symbol of “courage and bravery” for Pakistani women.

“I congratulate Samina Baig on summiting the world’s 2nd highest and Pakistan’s highest mountain K-2/8611M, today morning, followed by Naila Kiyani. Proud of our women who play their role in all fields side by side with men,” President Arif Alvi shared on his Twitter handle.

Several government officials and foreign diplomatic missions in Islamabad, including the US and German embassy, congratulated Baig and Kiani for setting foot on the world’s second-highest peak.

Pakistan’s close ally, China, also gave a shout-out to Baig on her achievement.

Read more: British mountaineer Adriana Brownlee becomes youngest to scale nine peaks

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