Mountaineer Naila Kiani to be conferred with Sitara-e-Imtiaz

She recently climbed Mount Everest

May 17, 2023
Naila Kiani is a renowned mountaineer — Alpine Club of Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has approved conferment of country's third-highest civilian award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, on renowned mountaineer Naila Kiani in recognition of her achievement of successfully summiting the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

As per details, the mountaineer reached the pinnacle of the world's highest mountain, scaling up to 8,849 metres, at 8:02am on Sunday.

She became the second woman from the country to summit the world's highest peak.

The first female mountaineer from Pakistan to summit the peak is Samina Baig, who achieved the feat back in 2013.

Kiani also became the first non-Nepalese climber to scale Mount Everest this mountaineering season.

Meanwhile, Kiani added another feather to her cap on Tuesday morning when she successfully scaled Mount Lhotse in Nepal.

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres, after Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga.

Lhotse is Naila's 6th climb of over 8000m and she’s the only Pakistani woman to do so. She has previously scaled Everest, K2, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II.

According to Karrar Haidri of Alpine Club of Pakistan, Naila is the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Lhotse and the country's fastest woman to ascend six peaks higher than 8,000 metres.

Earlier, Pakistan’s renowned mountaineer Sajid Sadpara achieved the unique feat of climbing world’s highest peak Mount Everest without support of supplementary oxygen and assistance from Sherpas, who are considered elite mountain climbers, on Sunday in Nepal.

Sajid aims to climb all 14 eight-thousanders without the aid of supplemental oxygen. He has already summited K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum-I (8,080m), and Gasherbrum-II (8,035m) in Pakistan, as well as Manaslu (8,163m) in Nepal, without supplemental oxygen.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.