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Trailblazer Naila Kiani: First Pakistani Woman to Stand Atop Cho Oyu

In a remarkable achievement, Naila Kiani, Pakistan’s most successful female climber, has become the first Pakistani woman to scale Cho Oyu. Standing tall at 8,188m, Cho Oyu is the world’s 6th highest peak.

Naila reached the summit of Cho Oyu at 12:30pm Nepal Time with the team of Imagine Nepal. The team also included Sirbaz Khan, another accomplished Pakistani mountaineer who has successfully summited 13 peaks of over 8,000m.
This climb marks Naila’s 10th peak of over 8,000m, making her the first and only Pakistani woman to achieve this feat. She and Sirbaz stepped on the top together, making them jointly the first Pakistanis to summit Cho Oyu.

Naila’s journey began with her first climb of Gasherbrum II in 2021. Since then, she has successfully scaled K2, Gasherbrum, Annapurna, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Manaslu, and now, Cho Oyu. This makes her the first Pakistani to climb 7 peaks in just six months.

Karrar Haidri of the Alpine Club of Pakistan praised Naila’s determination, stating that her successful climb in incredibly challenging conditions with very poor visibility and hostile weather is a testament to her strength and mountaineering skills. He also expressed hope and prayers for Naila’s safe return from this extraordinary adventure.

Naila’s achievements have not only made her a trailblazer for Pakistani women in mountaineering but also a source of inspiration for mountaineers and adventure enthusiasts worldwide. Her unwavering resolve, unmatched abilities, and unwavering attitude have drawn positive attention to Pakistan.

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