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Naila Kiani becomes the first Pakistani woman to climb 11 8,000-meter peaks – Pakistan

According to the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP), mountaineer Naila Kiani on Sunday became the first Pakistani woman to summit eleven 8,000-metre peaks in the world.

Kiani achieved this when she successfully climbed Nepal’s Makalu Peak, the world’s fifth highest mountain at 8,485 metres.

“Naila (Kiani) climbs Makalu and becomes the first woman in Pakistan’s history to reach peaks of 11 x 8,000 metres,” the ACS said in a post on Facebook today.

“She now holds the record as the fastest Pakistani – male or female – to climb 11 of the 8,000-metre peaks, which was achieved in less than three years,” the statement said, quoting ACS Secretary Karrar Haidri .

“This remarkable achievement also makes her the first Pakistani woman to climb this incredibly difficult mountain,” Haidri further pointed out.

The ACP Secretary noted that “After a challenging climb through the night, Naila achieved yet another historic milestone by successfully climbing Makalu” at about 9:35 am Nepali time (8:50 am Pakistani time).

“Naila is grateful for all the prayers and wishes, and she extends her special thanks to everyone,” the statement said. “She also thanks Sherpa Gelgen Dai from Imagine Nepal, who supported Naila every step of the way and made this achievement possible,” Haidri added.

Kiani has a lot of mountaineering achievements to her name.

In April last year, she became the first Pakistani woman to climb Nepal’s Annapurna peak, the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8,091 metres. The following month, she climbed Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, becoming the second Pakistani woman to do so.

In July, Kiani and Samina Baig achieved the feat of becoming the first Pakistani women to climb the world’s ninth highest mountain, the 8,125-meter Nanga Parbat. The same month, she became the first Pakistani woman to summit Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world at 8,051 meters.

Months later, Kiani and Sirbaz Khan became the first Pakistani duo to summit the 8,201-meter Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain in Tibet, China.

“I share my achievements to show that no matter who you are… you can achieve your dreams,” Kiani said in a video posted to ACP’s Facebook account days ago.

She shared her accolades, including being an aerospace engineer, amateur boxer and mother of two toddlers.

Stressing that education was the key to getting where she is today, she also called on the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to focus on girls’ education in Pakistan.