Selena Khwaja, a nine-year-old girl from Abbottabad, just became one of the youngest people to scale the 5,765 meter high Quz Sar Peak in Hunza near the Shimshal Valley in the north of Pakistan.
Selena has said that she has a special love for peaks and mountains. She also plans to reach Mount Everest’s summit by next year.
“At 5,000 meters, I felt slight altitude sickness but my training and the support of my father helped me overcome it,” she said in an interview. The adventure took more than 10 days, which she completed with her father Yousaf Khawaja, their guide Wazir Baig, and some other climbers.
Before she climbs Mount Everest, Selena is preparing to climb Mingling Sar, Spantik Peak, and Broad Peak.
Her father has said, “Mount Everest was an impossible dream for an 8-year-old kid, but now we are on our way to achieving the goal within two years and will attempt it in 2019.”
Selena has been given the title of “Mountain Princess” by the Mountaineer’s Community of Pakistan.
We’re all super proud of Selena’s courage and dedication at such a young age. Some people have argued that Selena is too young to be climbing these dangerous mountains and to that her father has responded, “at the age 9, she is way more fit than a casual 20-year-old.”
We applaud her courage and wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
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