Triumphant Samina Baig, Mirza Ali scale Argentinean peak

Published: December 16, 2013
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Samina Baig and Mirza Ali holding up their favourite shirt while scaling a mountain. PHOTO: mirzaadventure.blogspot.com

Samina Baig and Mirza Ali holding up their favourite shirt while scaling a mountain. PHOTO: mirzaadventure.blogspot.com

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).

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  • Salman Ali
    Dec 16, 2013 - 9:43PM

    Our country men and women are forgetting Islam how are they going to a foreign country and promoting women’s equality which is against our principles. Allah punish these rebels.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Dec 16, 2013 - 10:16PM

    Congrats to them!Recommend

  • Indian troll detector
    Dec 16, 2013 - 10:31PM

    @Salman Ali: How about you reveal your actual name Mr. Salman Singh?

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  • Godless_Pakistani
    Dec 16, 2013 - 10:43PM

    @Salman Ali!

    I seriously hope that you’re trolling and not serious.

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  • @Salman
    Dec 16, 2013 - 11:03PM

    Are you kidding me!?
    Maybe it’s you who needs to go climb up a mountain and then if you could just stay there, that would be perfect.

    Congrats to the duo! And I wish them success for the other 6 peaks that lie ahead.
    Make us proud guys!

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  • Asad
    Dec 16, 2013 - 11:50PM

    This is Fantastic, we need to do more of these merry expeditions.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 16, 2013 - 11:59PM

    You’ll are awesome……….more power to you’ll and your mission.

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  • just_someone
    Dec 17, 2013 - 12:20AM

    @Indian troll detector:
    I love that nick! We definitely need one here at ET…

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  • Adil
    Dec 17, 2013 - 12:28AM

    @Salman Ali: Go get your head examined.
    Congratulations to both Brother and Sister.

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  • Gup SHup
    Dec 17, 2013 - 1:18AM

    @ Salman Pandey,
    How about you climb the mountain, and then take a short cut on your way back….jump from there!

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  • GulBadan
    Dec 17, 2013 - 1:19AM

    This is a camera trick. They are actually standing outside GulKhan dhaaba in Kaghan Valley waiting on their karhai chicken to be ready. In the meanwhile they chose to pose.

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  • Pakistani1
    Dec 17, 2013 - 1:49AM

    @Salman Ali:
    You are an INDIAN HINDU, sad but true. Inferiority complex & Jealousy = Cyber hindu on PK sites

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  • truthbetold
    Dec 17, 2013 - 2:18AM

    Congratulations to the mountaineers. But, the the lady better be careful when she returns to Pakistan. The Islamists would take serious objection to the fact that she did this mountain climbing without being chaperoned by a mahram.

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  • Syed Gilani
    Dec 17, 2013 - 3:14AM

    I don’t get it what are they trying to prove. That Pakistan is westernized. No way.

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Dec 17, 2013 - 6:24AM

    Ir Pakistan zindabaad long live to duo salute my dear friends Ir Pakistan on top of the world many many thanks and encouragement to both of you mashaAllah

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 17, 2013 - 7:29AM

    @Salman Ali: Are you kidding?

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 17, 2013 - 7:33AM

    @truthbetold:
    Really.

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  • Karim
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:25AM

    Congrats Mirza and Samina Baig. You made us proud again and we wish you best of luck for your future endeavors. This is not just climbing mountains; it’s about the peace in our land, love for the nature, gender equality, harmony and power of women folk in our society. We love you both for promoting Pakistan in every corner of the world.
    @ Gulbadan this picture was taken on Mount Everest last year when Samina Baig and Mirza Ali were on expedition in Nepal.

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  • Someone
    Dec 17, 2013 - 12:10PM

    @truthbetold: The Islamists would take serious objection to the fact that she did this mountain climbing without being chaperoned by a mahram.

    Plot twist: Mirza is Samina’s brother. Better luck trolling next time.

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  • Ramu kaka
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:05PM

    @Salman Ali:
    @truthbetold:
    I am an indian hindu and can tell you are an indian

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  • truthbetold
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:01PM

    @Ramu kaka:

    Where did I say I am a Pakistani? Or, I am not Indian or any other nationality?

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