Naila Kiani. - file photo

Mountaineer Naila Kiani became the first Pakistani woman to summit the world’s 11th highest mountain, Gasherbrum-1, at 8080 meters, on Friday morning.

Dubai-based Naila climbed to the top of G-1 around 7:45 am Pakistan time.

“Summit, Alhamdulilah,” she texted from her satellite phone.

“Unbelievable, only three weeks after K2. It was harder than K2. No rope on most technical sections,” she added.

This is her third peak of above 8,000 metres, all within Pakistan, making her the first Pakistani woman to summit three of the world’s 14 such peaks.

Naila, a mother of two, had previously summited 8,034m Gasherbrum-1, the world’s 13th highest mountain, in 2021 before ascending 8,611m K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, last month.

While on her way to scale Gasherbrum-1, Naila said it proved to be more difficult for her than K2, owing to windy conditions.

“It’s definitely more difficult than K2, for sure,” she said via satellite device from C3 before pushing for the final summit.

Naila is also the first Pakistani woman to complete a 20-day double-header by summiting K2 and Gasherbrum-1.

She had climbed K2 shortly after Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman to do so, and was the second to do so on the same day.

Samina has also climbed Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.

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