9 Year Old Selena Khawaja Becomes Youngest Pakistani Mountain Climber
Selena Khawaja, a 9-year-old from Abbottabad, recently became the youngest Pakistani to scale the Quz Sar Peak in Hunza of Gilgit Baltistan on 21st February. The 5,765 metres high mountain of Shimshal Valley is not an easy peak to climb but Selena did it. In her words, “At 5,000 metres, I felt slight altitude sickness but my training and the support of my father helped me overcome it soon.”
The venture took Selena 10 days and a lot of practice. The young girl has scaled the 3,000 metres high Miranjani and the 4,000 metres high Makra Peak many times. Bu this is not the end of her climbing days as she aims to climb mountains like Mingling Sar which is 6,050 metres high, Spantik Peak which is 7,027 metres high, and Broad Peak which is 8,051 metres high being the 12th highest peak in the world.
Her goal is also to climb Mount Everest and she is going to attempt it in a couple of years. Her father is her biggest supporter and they both hope for her to accomplish what she wants to and make Pakistan proud like she already has. We hope she gets to achieve all her goals while making our country proud but also remain safe during her ventures.
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