A Pakistan ten-year-old girl has become the youngest climber in the world to scale a 7000-metre tall Spantik Peak in Gilgit-Baltistan region of the country.
Selena Khawaja broke the record after summiting the 7,027-metre-tall Spantik peak on Wednesday. Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in the Karakoram sub-range in Gilgit Baltistan’s Nagar Valley.
#SummitAlert#Pakistan ‘s 10 years old Selena Khawaja became the #youngest person ever to stand on top of #Spantik peak (7,027m) this morning. This record also holds special value as this makes her the youngest #climber ever to #summit a #7000er anywhere in the world#karakoram pic.twitter.com/t0sMTbzTcl
— The Karakoram Club (@KarakoramClub) July 17, 2019
Selena started mountaineering when she was only 8 years old, said her father Yousaf Khawaja.
“In less than one year, she was able to do Miranjani (3,000m) round trip in half the time,” Yousaf had told reporters in March last year.
Selena was just nine years old when she became the youngest to scale the 5,765m-high Quz Sar Peak, and then successfully summited Mingli Sar (6050m) in June 2018, before heading to Spantik this year.
Selena wants to scale the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest this year after conquering Broad Peak (8,051 metres), the world’s 12th highest mountain.