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Hunza siblings scale another world peak

ISLAMABAD: Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali from the Shimsal valley of Hunza on Wednesday achieved another feat when they scaled the highest peak of Indonesia called Mount Carstensz Pyramid.

“We are so happy after making it the top of this peak today after six hours of hard climbing,” said Samina Baig while speaking on a satellite phone to an official of Serena Hotel which has managed the tour of the brother and sister to conquer the seven highest peaks in as many continents.

This is the fourth of the seven summits Samina and her brother will climb to promote gender equality, youth development and women empowerment. As they near the end of their journey, they also come closer to becoming the only siblings in the world to have accomplished this feat together. Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb the Mount Everest on May 19, 2013.

The climbing duo made history in December 2013 when Samina became the first Pakistani woman to have climbed Mt Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in South America. In January, they scaled Mt Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, and then 5,895-metre-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in February.

During the next summer, they will be attempting Mt McKinley, 6,168 metres high, in Alaska. Both will be flying to Russia to climb the highest mountain in Europe, the 5,642 metres high Elbrus, which would be their last target peak in August 2014.

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