Mission accomplished: Samina becomes first Pakistani woman to scale 7 highest peaks on 7 continents

Published: July 26, 2014
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Samina Baig and Mirza Ali Baig holding Pakistani flag on Mount Mckinley. PHOTO TWITTER ACCOUNT MIRZA ALI

Samina Baig and Mirza Ali Baig holding Pakistani flag on Mount Mckinley. PHOTO TWITTER ACCOUNT MIRZA ALI

KARACHI: Samina Baig on Thursday became the first Pakistani woman to summit the highest mountains on each of the seven continents of the world.

Baig, who hails from Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan, was on a mission to raise the Pakistanis flag on the highest peaks of the seven continents.

She achieved her target with her brother Mirza Ali on July 24.

Mirza Ali on their Twitter and Facebook accounts announced that the brother and sister duo had reached the summit of Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains.

The summit means that Samina Baig has summitted all the highest peaks on the seven continents.

Mirza added that they had managed to reach the summit at 9am local time.

Previously Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali had climbed Mount Everest on May 19, 2013. Samina had become the first Pakistani woman to climb Everest.

Prior to climbing Mt Elbrus, the duo had climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska in June 2014, and Mount Puncak Jaya in Indonesia in March 2014.

Last year, they climbed to the summits of Mt Aconcagua in South America in December 2013, Mount Vinson in Antartica in January 2013 and  Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in February 2013.

Baig added that since Everest was closed this year due to an avalanche, he would attempt it again next year, which would then make him and Samina the first siblings to complete the seven summits on seven continents.

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  • Hamood
    Jul 26, 2014 - 2:04AM

    Great job guys. We are proud of you. Other sports such as mountaineering should be promoted in Pakistan, not just Cricket.

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  • Sam
    Jul 26, 2014 - 2:06AM

    Great job!!! proud of you!!

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:24AM

    Good brother good sister bravo!

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  • SK
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:45AM

    Looks as if the peak in picture can be climbed by anyone even if they walk back wards.

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  • Dagan
    Jul 26, 2014 - 5:31AM

    This is wrong. Why was she not fasting?

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  • Abdullah Zafar
    Jul 26, 2014 - 6:57AM

    Amazing job guys..

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  • shahid
    Jul 26, 2014 - 7:36AM

    @SK:
    That is why you are at the bottom and they are at the top;

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  • Stranger
    Jul 26, 2014 - 7:55AM

    Proud of her .

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  • Anwar Khawaja
    Jul 26, 2014 - 8:03AM

    It is a great victory for Pakistan.

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  • Bewildered
    Jul 26, 2014 - 10:40AM

    You are the real pride and inspiration for Pakistani people. All the love and respect. Heartiest congratulations.

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  • Awais Ahmad Qureshi
    Jul 26, 2014 - 10:52AM

    We are proud on both of you. Keeping on raising Pakistani flag high.

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  • Panah
    Jul 26, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Outstanding achievement Samina and Mirza! proud of youRecommend

  • Moiz Omar
    Jul 26, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Great job!

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  • Khalid
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:34PM

    @shahid:
    I donated their shoes.

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  • SK
    Jul 26, 2014 - 1:16PM

    Now she is free to have seven babies and name them after those those mountains.

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  • Napier Mole
    Jul 26, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Fantastic and congrats for being a new breed of heroes for young Pakistanis.

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  • Gp65
    Jul 26, 2014 - 2:38PM

    Congratulations.

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  • nyc
    Jul 27, 2014 - 3:22AM

    Proud of you. You guys represent the true essence of a Pakistani: hardworking, determined, unwilling to quit! Great job!

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  • Saqib
    Aug 9, 2014 - 10:57PM

    Awsome. Keep it up.

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  • Moksh Sinha
    Aug 20, 2014 - 7:04PM

    Dear Sir/madam,

    I have been following the inspiring achievements of the mountaineering duo of Mirza Ali and Samina Baig. I congratulate them for successful completion of ‘adventure diplomacy’, with Samina climbing the seven summits and Mirza climbing six summits.

    I am writing to draw attention to several media reports in Pakistan (both in local and national dailies), which have reported (what clearly appears) a false world record claim being made by Mr Mirza. I have read in these reports that ‘Samina is world’s fastest and youngest female to climb 7 summits’ and that the duo are the the world’s first siblings to climb seven summits. I find that both are wrong. In 2013, Vanessa O’Brien became the fastest female to complete the Seven Summits (including Carstenz Pyramid), finishing in 10 months. In May 2007, Samantha Larson completed the seven when she was 18 years and 220 days (she is still the youngest woman to have climbed the Seven Summits).

    I also saw ‘world record’ written prominently on welcome banner in Serena hotels and also their claim as ‘1st siblings to scale 7 summits’ (through several local/national newspapers). The fact is Mirza has not yet climbed Everest with Samina, so that claim too is wrong! I do believe that such unverified and unsubstantiated ‘false’ claims will project adverse image of mountaineers in general and of Pakistani climbers in particular. May be you could verify and have issue correction suitably.

    Yours,
    Moksh Sinha

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  • Mohammad Bilal
    Aug 23, 2014 - 9:34PM

    heartly congratulations to both of you. You are the real pride of nation.
    Congrats bro.
    Congrats sis.

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  • qundeel sajjad
    Aug 25, 2014 - 7:02PM

    We are so proud of u both.

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  • qundeel sajjad
    Aug 25, 2014 - 7:04PM

    We are soooo proud of u both.mau Allah give both of u many success in your life Ameen

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