A 10-year-old Pakistani mountaineer set a world record in scaling the 7,000-meter (nearly 23,000 feet) high Mount Spantik peak in northern Pakistan. Selena Khawaja became the youngest person in the world to reach the summit of Mount Spantik, also known as the “Golden Peak”, situated in scenic Gilgit-Baltistan Karakoram sub-range.
“A 10-year-old girl from Pakistan, Selena Khawaja, who is known as the Mountain Princess has successfully scaled Spantik Peak. By doing so, she has become the youngest ever mountaineer to summit a 7000-er”, the Pakistani government said on Twitter last week.
Born in Abbotabad, a city in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the young “mountain princess”, scaled the Golden Peak on July 17, along with her father Yousaf Khawaja, a well-known mountaineer. Selena was ecstatic after her “big achievement”, Yousaf told Anadolu Agency from Gilgit-Baltistan.
“I think she will be happier when she goes back to Abbottabad, where preparations are underway for her warm welcome,” he said, adding that internet problems in their current mountainous location of Skardu did not allow them see response to their feat or interact with other people. Skardu, a village in Gilgit-Baltistan, is a gateway to the high peaks of Karakoram mountains range.
Now, Selena is confident and ready for an 8,000-meter climb as well as Mount Everest, he added. According to her father, she has her eyes set on scaling the 8,051-meter Broad Peak (26,414 feet), the world’s 12th highest mountain, before she heads on to conquer the 8,848-meter (29,028-feet) behemoth, Mount Everest, the world’s tallest, in May 2020.
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27 September, 2019