Intrepid siblings Samina Khayyal Baig and Mirza Ali, have conquered the first of seven summits as part of their latest undertaking — Seven summits in Seven continents — aimed at promulgating gender equality and geographic harmony.
Braving harsh weather conditions, the duo reached the peak of the (6,962 meters) Mount Aconcagua in Argentina earlier last week, finishing the first leg of their eight-month expedition spanning seven continents.
Hailing from the village of Shimshal in the Gojal valley of Hunza-Nagar District, the brother and sister duo have challenged the stereotypical narrative of women in Pakistan, through encouraging each other to climb mountains.
With the consular and logistical support of the Adventure Diplomacy Group (ADG) — consisting of the embassies of Argentina, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, the United States of America, and the Serena Hotels — Mirza and Samina were shipped off on the exhilarating expedition earlier last month.
At a reception hosted in anticipation of their departure, 30-year-old Mirza said, “Our goal is to connect with the world to promulgate not just peace and understanding but a love for nature, the nuanced beauty of different places.”
The ‘Seven Summits in Seven Continents’ are some of the highest mountains in the world, and climbing them is considered a great feat among international mountaineers.
The summits include Mount Aconcagua, Mt Vinson (Antarctica), Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt Carstenz Pyramid (Indonesia), Mt Everest (Nepal), Mt Denali/McKinley (USA) and Mt Elbrus (Russia).