Pakistani Women Climbers Naila Kiani and Nadia Azad Scale Lhotse, Achieving Remarkable Feat


GILGIT: In a breathtaking display of skill and determination, two Pakistani women climbers, Naila Kiani and Nadia Azad, have carved their names in the annals of mountaineering history. On Tuesday, they successfully conquered Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest peak standing tall at 8,516 meters in Nepal. This remarkable achievement follows closely on the heels of their recent triumph on Mount Everest, the highest peak on the planet.

The ascent of Lhotse by Naila Kiani Becomes First Pakistani Woman to Climb Scale Five 8000- Metre Peaks

Notably, Naila Kiani’s successful summit of Mount Everest this season made her the first non-Nepalese climber to achieve this feat. Karrar Haideri, the General Secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, expressed his pride in Ms. Kiani, highlighting that she is the first Pakistani woman to conquer Lhotse and has now scaled six out of the 14 eight-thousanders – majestic peaks soaring above 8,000 meters above sea level.

The ascent of Lhotse took place on Tuesday at 8:13 am local time, as reported by Imagine Nepal. Naila Kiani, accompanied by her Nepalese partner Pasang Temba Sherpa, reached the pinnacle of Lhotse, etching her name in mountaineering history.

Naila’s previous conquests include K2, Gasherbrum I, and Gasherbrum II, all located in Pakistan. It is worth mentioning that she has achieved all of this while balancing her professional life as a banker in Dubai and being a devoted mother to two daughters. Additionally, she is an amateur boxer, showcasing her versatility and determination beyond the realm of mountaineering.

The commendable achievements of Pakistani climbers do not end with Nadia Azad, a British citizen of Pakistani origin, also reached the summit of Lhotse on Tuesday, just two days after her successful ascent of Mount Everest. Nadia has already conquered three peaks exceeding 8,000 meters this season, with Annapurna being her third conquest on April 15. Her ambition is to summit all five of Pakistan’s peaks surpassing the 8,000-meter mark this climbing season.

The triumphs of Naila Kiani and Nadia Azad have not gone unnoticed, as Mingma G, a renowned climber from Nepal and the head of Imagine Nepal, extended his heartfelt congratulations to Naila on her impressive achievements.

These awe-inspiring accomplishments by Pakistani women climbers serve as a testament to their unwavering spirit, skill, and determination. They have not only brought glory to their nation but have also inspired countless individuals around the globe. The mountaineering fraternity eagerly anticipates their future expeditions as they continue to push the boundaries of human achievement in the realm of high-altitude climbing.

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