Pakistani Naila Kiani summits Gasherbrum1

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Mountaineer Naila Kiani on Friday has successfully scaled her third peak over 8,000 metres in height, making her the first Pakistani woman to achieve this milestone.

Kiani reached the top of Gasherbrum-1 – the 11th highest mountain in the world – at 7:45am today, despite extreme weather conditions between the C2 and C3 points.

The Dubai-based banker summited K2, the sec-ond highest peak in the world, in July. Prior to that, Kiani had ascended the world’s 13th highest moun-tain, Gasherbrum-II, in 2021.

Last month, Pakistan celebrated Samina Baig becoming the first woman from the country to summit K2.

The 31-year-old had reached the top of the 8,611-metre (28,251-foot) peak as part of a seven-member local team and was followed hours later by Naila Kiani.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had praised Baig and Kiani, with his office tweeting that both “have emerged as symbols of courage and bravery”.

Pakistan is home to five of the world’s 14 moun-tains higher than 8,000 metres, and climbing them all is considered the ultimate achievement of any moun-taineer.

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