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Naila Kiani Makes History as First Pakistani Woman to Summit Nanga Parbat


In a remarkable feat of determination and bravery, Naila Kiani, a Pakistani mountaineer, has etched her name in the annals of mountaineering history by becoming the first Pakistani woman to conquer the treacherous Nanga Parbat. On Sunday, Naila and a group of around 40 climbers, comprising both local and foreign adventurers, embarked on the challenging expedition to conquer the daunting “Killer Mountain.”

Nanga Parbat, towering at an imposing height of 8,126 meters, stands as one of the world’s most perilous peaks, known for its unforgiving nature and high fatality rate. The arduous ascent is fraught with risks, including unstable glaciers, avalanches, and unpredictable weather conditions.

Among the group of climbers were notable Pakistani mountaineers Wajidullah Nagar and Samina Baig, who displayed exceptional skills and unwavering determination throughout the expedition. Their achievements exemplify the remarkable talent within the Pakistani mountaineering community.

Confirming the historic accomplishment, Karrar Haidri, the Secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, declared, “On July 2, 2023, at 10:18 am, Naila Kiani successfully reached the majestic summit of Nanga Parbat, becoming the first Pakistani woman to conquer this formidable peak.” Haidri went on to praise Naila’s incredible achievements, stating, “With this triumph, Naila has now conquered seven out of the world’s towering 8,000-meter peaks, solidifying her position as one of the most talented climbers of our time. Her impressive feats include scaling legendary Mount Everest, the challenging K2, the commanding Lhotse, the perilous Annapurna, and the elusive G1 and G2.”

Naila Kiani’s unwavering determination, unmatched abilities, and indomitable spirit continue to serve as an inspiration for countless mountaineers and adventure enthusiasts worldwide. Her journey exemplifies the power of perseverance and courage in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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It is worth highlighting that earlier, renowned Pakistani mountaineer Sajid Sadpara achieved the remarkable feat of conquering Nanga Parbat without the aid of supplementary oxygen and sherpas. These incredible achievements by Pakistani climbers on some of the world’s most challenging peaks further solidify their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the field of mountaineering.

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