ISLAMABAD, May 19: The news about the first Pakistani woman summiting Mount Everest on Sunday morning spread like a wildfire.

Text messages congratulating every Pakistani started doing the rounds only half an hour after Samina Baig reached the top of the highest peak in the world at around 7:30am.

And by the afternoon, almost everyone was updating their status on the social media and pasting links to images of the 21-year-old mountaineer from the Shimshal valley of Hunza.

On Saturday night, Samina Baig sent her brother a message how she had reached Base Camp IV at the height of 7,900 metres on the South Col between Mt Everest and Lhoste, the fourth highest mountain in the world, after eight hours of hard climbing.

“Samina, Tashi and Nugshi feeling great… The weather is windy and cloudy… Worried about weather… If all goes well will leave for summit tonight… Appeal from the nation to pray for us,” Samina Baig said in her last text before her push for the summit.

To the surprise of many in the mountaineering community, Samina Baig summated Mount Everest with twin sisters from India - Tashi and Nugshi Malik - also 21 years old.

Although messages had been circulating that Samina Baig and her 29-year-old brother Mirza Ali had summated Mount Everest together, the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) was still to issue an official statement about it.

“We have confirmed that Samina Baig made history by becoming the first Pakistani woman to summit the world’s highest peak at 8,848 metres high. We are still trying to confirm if her brother has also made it to the top,” said Karrar Haidri, the executive member of the ACP. Once the news is confirmed, Mirza Ali could be the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest.

Both Mirza Ali and Samina Baig took everyone by surprise when they held a press conference in Islamabad a day before leaving for Nepal on March 31.

The two were joining a gathering of climbers at the Mount Everest to celebrate 60 years since it was first summated in 1953. Samina Beg said she was about to become the first Pakistani woman to be part of it.

While the climbers from around the world were celebrating the 60 years, the 21-year-old climber was accompanying her brother with another mission.

“Together we are promoting gender equality,” said Samina Baig then. Although the brother and sister had not attempted any of the five 8,000 metres plus peaks in Pakistan, the climbing community was in doubt of the pair’s success rate.

Samina Baig and her brother had been climbing for the last three years together.

In 2010, she became the first to ascend the virgin peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) now called the ‘Samina Peak’. She conquered another virgin peak in 2011 that was named ‘Koh-i-Brobar’ or the ‘Mount Equality’ in 2011. Samina Baig and her brother were not so lucky on the 7,027 metres high Spantik Peak when bad weather forced them to abandon their summit attempts.

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May 20, 2013 1:36 pm

Congratulation on becoming first lady from Pakistan to sumit hightest mountain in the world. This charming character is a milstone for all Pakistani young females to come forward and proof theriselves to be the daughter of brave nation. Also, Mirza did a splendid job for youngsters to explore new profession of mountaineering.

May 20, 2013 1:40 pm

Congratulations .. we are proud of you!

May 20, 2013 1:53 pm

Bravo! This is great achievement; the nation is proud on you both. Keep climbing and pray for your safety.

May 20, 2013 2:12 pm

Whole nation proud of them, they deserve appreciation from government level too.

May 20, 2013 3:09 pm

Congratulations for achieving this feat. Proud moment for the entire nation. Bravo!

May 20, 2013 4:17 pm

excellent news, lets hope it helps lead to the growth of women in society as equal members, and show that women can do anything men can do. Well done Samina.

May 20, 2013 4:33 pm

Proud of you Samina Beg

manfred jones
May 20, 2013 5:35 pm

congratulations to them and to all Pakistani women!

Aizaz Moin
May 20, 2013 5:37 pm

"Summated", "Summited" - WHAT kind of English is this? Moreover it is not a verb, it is a noun. PLEASE write correct English in your articles, this is embarassing.

Agha Ata
May 20, 2013 6:17 pm

Men, be aware. Women are coming! :(
(From a male feminist)

May 20, 2013 6:51 pm

Good job!

May 20, 2013 6:50 pm

Good Job!

May 20, 2013 7:10 pm

If Mirza Ali is 29 and Samina Baig is 21, then why does this article note that "Mirza Ali could be the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest."? Wouldn't Samina be both the youngest and first female Pakistani to summit?

May 20, 2013 7:23 pm

Congrats,, :) superb job,,May ALLAH Almighty give her the strength to attain similar successes in future as well and be a source of aspirations for the youth of pakistan

Muhammad Farooq
May 20, 2013 7:41 pm

Congratulatins Samina Baig! congratulations Pakistan! are proud of you.

Amjad Wyne
May 20, 2013 8:31 pm

@N: Ali will be the youngest Pakistani male and Samina, the youngest Pakistani women

May 20, 2013 8:31 pm

@Aizaz Moin: After all, English is a second language to Dawn. No complain.

Amjad Wyne
May 20, 2013 8:32 pm

@Aizaz Moin: focus on content - the language matters little in a story like this.

May 20, 2013 9:20 pm

@Aizaz Moin: The accepted term is summitted within the alpinist community. Rather like the phrase "I hope to medal" which came to the fore during the London Olympics. Unfortunately for pedants like you and me it's frustrating, but there you go.

May 20, 2013 10:15 pm

This news just made my day..
May 20, 2013 10:34 pm

@N: well said!

May 20, 2013 10:45 pm

I hope that Mullah Brigade of Islamic Republic of Pakistan does not issue Fatwa against her for not reaching the top in Burqa.

Mukul Sehgal
May 20, 2013 11:07 pm

Congrats, hope to see more of it from Pakistani women!

zia khanz
May 20, 2013 11:59 pm

Samina we thank you for promoting Pakistan. You have shown the determination and resilience of Pakistani women. In recent times Pakistani women have taken over the task of holding the green flag high in international competitions. It will be double happiness if Mirza Ali has also made it to the top. The heroic achievement of Sumaira and Mirza Ali must be acknowledged. Media should highlight their accomplishment to inspire younger generation.

May 21, 2013 12:01 am

@N: Youngest male mountaineer from Pakistan. The first male mountaineer from Pakistan is Nazir Sabir.

May 21, 2013 12:17 am

Samina Baig summated Mount Everest with twin sisters from India - Tashi and Nugshi Malik.......just goes on to show ...together we can surmount any challenge

May 21, 2013 12:43 am

Awesome news! You guys have made every Pakistani proud! We pray for your safe return. Congrats to Samina and Ali !

May 21, 2013 2:33 am

@N: Mirza Ali is the youngest male Pakistani --- I think that's what they meant.

May 21, 2013 3:24 am

The whole Pakistani nation is proud of you - you are certainly a role model for the girls in this country. Keep it up girl. I also praise the brother who is supportive of his sister - Pakistan needs men like him who encourage and support 50% of population.

Muhammad Bux
May 21, 2013 5:28 am

MashAllah. Congratulations to you. You have made our nation proud. You have showed the world that Pakistan is not all bombs and target killing. Congratulations again

May 21, 2013 5:40 am

Congratulation. Good News. This will give message to Taliban that woman are as capable as men are. For God sake do not consider them inferior or second class citizen.

SY from USA
May 21, 2013 6:19 am

Men, start cooking and taking care of the babies, because your other half will work and bring home money. Sad our culture has misused the poor women for generations.

Shahid LATIF
May 21, 2013 8:34 am

You make all Pakistani proud. Good Job

May 21, 2013 8:39 am

So what?

May 21, 2013 8:41 am

Hey by the way who was the first male from Pak to conquer the mount Everest?

May 21, 2013 8:51 am

Congratulations. I hope she will be an example to other women in Pakistan. Also twin women from India( Dehradun) also climbed Everest. HAIL women of Indian Subcontinent.

May 21, 2013 9:44 am

Great achievement, not just her's, its every Pakistani's honour!

Nisar karim
May 21, 2013 11:12 am

Congratulations Samina and Mirza. The whole nation is proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you.

May 21, 2013 11:14 am

Congratulations. Hope to so more good news coming out from our neighbors.

May 21, 2013 11:25 am

My friends, Nations don't get success, we need to build Nation, we need to build country, we need to build economy. We need to get recognize as Muslim and Pakistani. I am not impress with this

May 21, 2013 11:30 am

Great job! Many other climbers reached the summit the same day as samina. Why we have not seen any picture of her on the summit with other climbers.

Nisar karim
May 21, 2013 11:58 am

Congratulations Samina and Mirza. The whole nation is proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you.

May 21, 2013 12:18 pm

@Aizaz Moin: good sense of analysis bro...

Nisar karim
May 21, 2013 12:28 pm

Congratulations Samina and Mirza. The whole nation is proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you.

May 21, 2013 12:58 pm

@Agha Ata: that's sweet!:)

Mohammed Husain
May 21, 2013 1:28 pm

At the time our country is in turmoil, It is heartening to know that Samina Beg and Ali scaled the mount everest and reached its highest peak. My heartiest congratulations to brother and sister for accomplishing this feat. May almighty give you strength to add on your accomplishments

Nisar karim
May 21, 2013 1:58 pm

Congrats Samina and Mirza. We are proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you both.

Muhammad Zafar Ullah
May 21, 2013 3:21 pm

Great Job by the grate lady.

Muhammad Zafar Ullah
May 21, 2013 3:22 pm

Great Job by the grate lady.

May 21, 2013 5:45 pm

Congratulation Goog work lady

May 21, 2013 9:44 pm

weldon samina bag and his brother should have proud to be a pakistani

May 21, 2013 9:49 pm

Congratulation Samina Baig and his brother Pakistani people have proud on you

May 21, 2013 10:27 pm

@Muhammad: What have you done for that Sir?

Wasim Khan
May 21, 2013 10:51 pm

It's Pakistanis like Samina and Mirza that our faith in our nation is reinforced. I believe in unlimited potential of Pakistan due to people like Samina and Mirza.

Fairy Fiza
May 21, 2013 11:38 pm

congrats for new record

zia khan
May 21, 2013 11:59 pm

@Siyalkotia: Please don't draw their attention. They are still reeling from election results.

May 22, 2013 12:24 am

Congratulations to all. Two Bangladeshi women have been to the top of Everest last year. In spite of all the prejudice, South Asian women are proving that they can be as capable as any.

Shahzad Akhund
May 22, 2013 12:33 am

A great achievement indeed. My heartiest congratulations to these courageous young ladies. My salute to your parents as well. I guess they'll have a few sleepless nights while fully adjusting to the joy and pride that you have provided.

May 22, 2013 6:32 am

@Aizaz Moin: Climbing Mount Everest has become a joke. I was reading that five teenagers from Sanawar School climbed Mount Everest. O man these days you only need sponcership or money, rest is help from Sherpa.

Shah Hussain Hussaini
May 22, 2013 7:03 am

Actually, at this time our dearly Neighbor Country the (Islamic Republic of Pakistanis) in turmoil, It is heartening to know that Samina Beg and Mr.Mirza Ali scaled the mount everest and reached its highest peak. My heartiest congratulations to our dearly brother and sister for thier accomplishing this Triumph. May almighty of Allah give you strength to add on your accomplishments and achievements. Shah Hussain Hussaini from Kabul,Afghanistan.

May 22, 2013 9:34 am


What you said is right, but how you said is funny... It should be Her Brother, you are referring to a lady Sir. :)

May 22, 2013 10:25 am

Congratulations! to all Pakistani. Youngsters like Samina and mirza are the symbol of pride for us.It is the victory of whole nation indeed the nation is not under one platform. We all get happy if any Pakistani gets success in any field, why dont we behave like this when there is a question of unity and faith? Why dont we all come under one shed? Why people are tangled in languages? Why dont we all believe in our DEEN Islam? If we leave behind all the difference, become united and then work for the prosperity of our nation and country then no doubt VICTORY will follow us. We are proud of you our young HEROS.

May 23, 2013 1:54 am

It's a great news .. Pakistanis are very intelligent, hardworking, sincere, friendly, and full of enthusiasm .. They need love n cooperation but unluckily the wrong people engulfed their true image. Hearty greetings to Samina n her brother Ali <3

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