Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani achieved a significant milestone by scaling Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world, standing at 8,516 metres. This feat comes just days after she reached the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Kiani, becoming the second woman to raise the Pakistani flag at the world’s tallest peak at the altitude of 8,849m, conquered the mountain on Sunday.
Kiani’s expedition organizers confirmed on Tuesday that she reached the summit of Lhotse at 8:13 am, becoming the only Pakistani woman to have climbed six of the eight-thousanders, which include K2, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. Moreover, within just two years, she has achieved this remarkable feat.
Naila Kiani, mother of two, a banker in Dubai, and a boxer, also made history by being the first non-Nepalese climber to summit the peak named after Sir George Everest in 1865, this mountaineering season.
This Pakistani mountaineer became famous after her wedding photoshoot went viral on social media held at the K2 Basecamp.
Another Pakistani legend in the making, Sajid Ali Sadpara, climbed the mighty Everest without supplemental oxygen, and assistances from Sherpas, making him the first Pakistani to reach the world’s highest peak without the support of supplemental oxygen, fulfilling his father’s wish, who died during his summit of killer mountain, K2. Sajid aims to conquer all 14 eight-thousanders without the aid of supplementary oxygen.
Mount Annapurna rescue
Naila Kiani along with her fellow mountaineer, Shehroze Kashif, were rescued on their way down to Mount Annapurna last month. After reaching the summit of the 8,091m high peak, their descent was disrupted due to poor weather conditions, and they were rescued from the summit. It is worth noting that Kiani became the first woman from a South Asian country to achieve this feat.