KHALID MALIK - First Pakistani mountaineer woman Samina Khayal Baig has said that government should initiate steps for the promotion of the mountaineering game which would help in the promotion of tourism in the country. “I am trying to establish an organization for the promotion of mountaineering and tourism in the country on self financing based”, she said adding that she want to provide a platform to the talented youngsters desirous to be mountain climbers under the umbrella of such organization. She said her organization would select six mountaineers including three girls and three boys for participating in the next ‘Winter Olympics 2022 China”. She was sharing her life history, struggle and personal experiences in a talk-show on the day of inauguration of Khayal Festival 2015, held at Alhamra Art Council here on Saturday. Samina Khayal Baig; born 19 September 1990 is the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani who climbed Mount Everest. She is also the youngest Muslim woman to climb Everest, having done at the age of 21 years. Samina is also the first Pakistani woman and the first Muslim to climb the seven summits.

She was the first to climb the peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) in Pakistan in 2010, which was later renamed Samina Peak after her achievement. She reached the summit of ‘Koh-i-Brobar’ (‘Mount Equality’) in 2011. An attempt at the seven kilometre high Spantik Peak ended in failure for Baig, due to adverse weather conditions. Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to climb Mount Everest on 19 May 2013. She was joined by Indian twin girls Tashi and Nungshi Malikin climbing Mount Everest and they together perched national flags of India and Pakistan side-by-side atop the peak, to spread a message of Indo-Pakistani friendship and peace. Baig also stated that the expedition was a demonstration of gender equality. Samina said her brother Mirza Ali, approximately 248m short from the summit of Everest, let her go to the summit on her own without his support to give message of Women empowerment in Pakistan. “Samina Baig set the record of capturing the seven summits in record age of 23 years and record time. We had the greatest honor to hoist our green flag on the seven summits,” said Samina Baig. She said her brother Mirza Ali was unable to reach the top of Mount Everest.

His plan had changed after an avalanche killed 16 Sherpas and climbers on Mount Everest, which was considered one of the deadliest accidents in climbing history. Summating Mount Everest is still on his to do list, she said. If he also climbs Everest, the brother and sister will be the first siblings in the world to conquer the seven summits.

While climbing to camp-2 on K-2 for acclimatisation as part of her summit attempt on 18th of July 2015, she was jumping over a rock when she lost her balance and hit a sharp rock which caused serious injury and she had to be evacuated back to base camp, she added. But she is determined to conquer the hardest K-2 peak soon.