Two expedition teams including foreign climbers and renowned Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig. On Friday started their adventure to scale K2. They started their trek to the K2 base camp from Shigar.
Talking to mediapersons in Shigar before starting the trek, Ms Baig.
Whose expedition has been sponsored by SCO? Said she along with five local high altitude guides had started the expedition themed ‘K2 dream expedition 2021’.
She said they would spend two months at K2 to complete the mission. Adding the objective of the summit was raising awareness about women empowerment and climate change. And provide opportunities to local climbers to scale high peaks.
Born in Gilgit-Baltistan, Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest (8,849). The world’s highest peak, at the age 21.
Ms Baig said K2 summit was her dream, and asked for prayers for the successful summit.
She will be first Pakistani if she is able to climb K2.
Samina Baig said the objective of the summit was raising awareness about women empowerment and climate change, and provide opportunities to local climbers to scale high peakshttps://t.co/WFoJTNHfH2— Dawn.com (@dawn_com) June 19, 2021
Remembering Ali Sadpara, she said: “He [Sadpara] was one of the most amazing climbers in Pakistan. And a great human being,” she recalled.
Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman and the first and youngest Muslim woman to climb Mount Everest and the seven highest peaks in seven continents, now has a new dream: becoming the first Pakistani and the first Muslim woman to complete an ascent of K2❤️#TeamEverGreen🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/sJl4K2GRqP— Hareem Writes (@hareem_writes) June 18, 2021
Famous mountaineer Mirza Ali, who scaled Everest in 2019.
Talking to Dawn, Mr Ali said the expedition consisted of 13 international climbers. From UAE, Qatar, Spain, Austria, Greece, UK, USA and Finland. And 24 local mountaineers from Shimshal, Sadpara, Hushe and Arandu.
He said The expected to complete its mission by August 8.