Pakistan: Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb K2, the second highest mountain in the world.
Samina Baig (31 years old) reached the top of the mountain at an altitude of 8,611 meters on Friday as part of a mission carried out by a Pakistani team of seven people.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif praised Baig and Kayani’s achievement, with his office tweeting that the two women “were emblematic of courage and daring.”
دنیا کی دوسری بلند ترین چوٹی 'کے 2' سر کرنے والی پہلی پاکستانی خاتون کوہ پیما ثمینہ بیگ اور ان کے اہل خانہ کو کامیابی پر مبارک پیش کرتا ہوں۔ ثمینہ بیگ پاکستانی خواتین کے عزم و ہمت اور بہادری کی علامت بن کر ابھری ہیں۔
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 22, 2022
In addition, the Bangladeshi climber Wasfia Nazreen became the first Bangladeshi to climb the mountain, and her team told the media.
Iranian Afsana Hasamifard and Saudi-Lebanese Nelly Attar also became the first two women from their countries to reach the top of K2 Mountain, according to the Alpine Club of Pakistan.
Pakistan is home to five of the 14 mountains above 8000 metres, and climbing all of them is a record feat for mountaineers.
In addition to being technically more difficult to climb than Mount Everest, K2 is known for its fickle weather, and only 425 people have climbed it since 1954, including about twenty women.
After Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest in 1953, more than six thousand people climbed the mountain, some of whom achieved this feat several times.
In 2013, Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb Everest.
This summer, a record number of climbers attempted to reach mountain peaks in Pakistan, including K2, known as the ‘wild mountain’ and Nance Perpet, nicknamed the ‘killer mountain‘.