Tanzania adventure: Sister-brother duo scale Mount Kilimanjaro

Published: February 13, 2014
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Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistani mountaineers Samina Baig and Mirza Ali have successfully scaled the third peak in their ongoing expedition to climb seven summits in seven continents.

The sister-brother duo reached the top of the 5,895-metre Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania –  the highest mountain in Africa –  a little before 8am Pakistan Standard Time on Wednesday, Mehboob Ali, the elder brother of Baig and Ali, told The Express Tribune.

He said he spoke to his siblings over the phone before the ascent and after they had started their descent. He said they were healthy and in good spirits.

“I and my family are extremely happy and proud that Samina and Mirza are hoisting Pakistan’s flag on the mountain peaks of foreign continents,” he said. “Their achievement should be a matter of pride for the entire nation.”

This is the third of seven summits Baig and Ali, who belong to Shimshal, known as valley of mountaineers, in Gojal tehsil of Hunza-Nagar District in Gilgit-Baltistan (), have climbed together since they left Pakistan in December 2013 on their eight-month expedition.

Their mission is to climb the highest mountain on each of the planet’s seven continents, which are collectively referred to as the Seven Summits.

In a previous interview with The Express Tribune, Alpine Club of Pakistan officials had said Baig and Ali are likely to become the only siblings to ever accomplish this feat.

Baig and Ali have already conquered the 6,962-metre Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, South America, and the 4,892-metre Mount Vinson in Antarctica during the past two months.

Samina Baig successfully climbed Mount Everest in 2013, becoming the only Pakistani woman ever to scale the mountain. Mehboob Ali said the siblings will now return to Pakistan for a pit-stop on 16th February, before heading out to Indonesia to scale the Puncak Jaya peak there.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Babur
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:32PM

    wonderful expedition of lovely siblings. good job keep the flag flying high….Recommend

  • seema
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:52PM

    Excellent,
    At least these two two brother-sisters are making Pakistanis a proud nation

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  • Striver
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:19PM

    Wishing you guys all the best

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  • Parvez
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:33PM

    Brilliant……..

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  • Sultan Uddin
    Feb 13, 2014 - 4:26PM

    Life is a journey, lets learn it from Samina Baig and Mirza Ali

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  • mirza
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:01PM

    We proud of you…Bravo

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  • mirza
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:06PM

    We should welcome them as our heros
    at Govt level and as the mass at Airport

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:33PM

    Congratulations to both of you and we are proud of you. some good news coming out of Pakistan.

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  • khan Alam Shiskin
    Feb 21, 2014 - 12:57AM

    **Congratulations:**
    we proud of Samina nd M.Ali..
    Recommend

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