Naila Kayani, a female mountaineer from Pakistan, has successfully climbed all five of Pakistan’s ‘8000 m’ peaks. She successfully summited the 12th highest peak in the world, Broad Peak, today [Thursday].

After successfully climbing the 8,051 meters high Broad Peak today, Kayani has become the first Pakistani woman to achieve this feat.

Naila Kayani hails from a conservative family in the Gujar Khan area of Rawalpindi, Punjab. She studied Aerospace Engineering in the UK and worked in the field before pursuing her passion for mountaineering.

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In addition to climbing all five ‘8000 m’ peaks in Pakistan, Naila Kayani has also summited Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Annapurna, among other impressive accomplishments.

She is the first Pakistani woman to summit Nanga Parbat, Lhotse, Annapurna, and Gasherbrum Two, and the second Pakistani woman to climb Everest. Furthermore, she is the first Pakistani woman to summit eight of the 14 peaks that are over 8,000 meters in height.

Her achievements have not gone unrecognised — she was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for climbing Mount Everest, and later received an award from President Dr Arif Alvi in December 2021 for her remarkable accomplishments in mountaineering.