A 9 year-old Pakistani girl has climbed the 5,765-meter high Quz Sar Peak in Shimshal Valley, Hunza. Her name is Selena Khwaja and she’s from Abbotabad.
The girl has also become the youngest person to climb the Quz Sar peak to date.
Selena is a keen climber and she termed her feelings about reaching the summit on February 21 as ‘great.’ Selena’s father Yousaf Khawaja was with the young girl on the expedition. The team compromised of their guide Wazir Baig, porter Arif Baig, and some other climbers.
The expedition was quite a tough one in such harsh weather conditions. The temperature usually remained below the freezing point. Out of the total 10 days of the expedition, 7 were dedicated to the hike.
Selena told about her altitude sickness at the height of 5,000 meters which she overcame with support from her father.
After successfully completing the expedition, Selena has been given the title of “Mountain Princess” by the Mountaineer’s Community of Pakistan.
Selena is now aiming to hike other peaks – Mingling Sar (6,050 meters), Spantik Peak (7,027 meters) and finally, the Broad Peak (8,051 meters) in 2018.
The girl isn’t even 10 yet and she is planning to reach the Mount Everest summit by next year.
We all wish Selena the best in her future endeavors. Keep growing stronger girl!