Mountaineer Mirza Ali has become the first Pakistani to scale seven peaks in seven continents. Mirza Ali achieved the feat after successfully climbing Mount Everest on Wednesday (May 22). The 35-year-old Ali is brother to Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman who climbed Mount Everest, in 2013, and then scaled all Seven Summits by 2014.
“Ali achieved the feat after ascending world’s highest peak today at 2.16am. He is the first Pakistani man to climb seven summits in seven continents,” Karrar Haidri, secretary Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) said on Wednesday. “It is a great achievement for the country as Mirza Ali and Samina are also the world’s first siblings to accomplish this feat,” Karrar said.
The Seven Summits comprise each of the tallest peaks on the world’s seven continents. Ascending all these peaks is regarded as one of the toughest mountaineering challenges. America’s Richard Bass was the first climber to achieve the feat on April 30, 1985. Other Pakistanis who successfully scaled Mount Everest are Nazir Sabir, Hassan Sadpara and Retd. Col Abdul Jabbar Bhatti.
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