Naila Kiani, a Pakistani mountaineer, has successfully reached the top of Mount Everest, making her just the second woman from Pakistan to conquer the world’s highest peak. In 2013, the first Pakistani woman to summit the mountain was Samina Baig, who achieved this feat. Kiani made history by becoming the first non-Nepalese climber to scale the mountain this season. She reached the summit, which is at an altitude of 8,849 meters, at 8:02 am on Sunday.
Notably, Kiani, who is a mother of two, a boxer, and a banker based in Dubai, also made history by becoming the first Pakistani woman to conquer five of the world’s eight-thousanders within two years, including Annapurna I in Nepal, K2, Gasherbrum I, and II. Her next mission is to scale Lhotse, which is 8,516 meters high and the fourth tallest mountain.
Pakistani Mountaineers Rescued from Mount Annapurna
Last month, Kiani and Shehroze Kashif, the world’s youngest mountaineer, were among two Pakistani mountaineers rescued while descending Mount Annapurna. The two of them had been ascending to the peak located in Nepal, which is 8,091 meters high. However, due to bad weather on their way down the mountain, their descent was disrupted, and they had to be rescued a day after reaching the top. Kiani became the first woman from a South Asian country to achieve the feat of summiting Annapurna.