Naila Kiani, a mountaineer from Pakistan, has successfully reached the summit of Gasherbrum-I (G1), the eleventh-highest mountain in the world. She succeeds in becoming the first indigenous woman to reach the top of G1, Gasherbrum-II (G2), and K2 on her first attempt. Naila was a member of an expedition that began its trek to the summit of G1.
Naila is a banker by trade and an avid mountaineer; she represents strong, capable, and resilient female athletes. Her second challenge of the year came after she reached the peak of K2 on July 22. The female mountaineer has encouraged gender equality in the sports world and inspired women all throughout the country with her spectacular climbs.
After reaching the summit, Naila stated, “This was one of the most difficult challenges I have ever undergone, and the only thing that inspired me to achieve this was my enthusiasm for adventure sports and mountaineering. “I’m honored by the unwavering faith that my country and, in particular, the mountaineering community, have placed in my efforts. Through this period, The BARD Foundation has been my lighthouse. Their unwavering support of my initiatives is a tribute to their admirable goal of empowering sports enthusiasts in Pakistan.
The foundation founded by Bilquis and Abdul Razak Dawood (BARD) is the official sponsor of Naila Kiani.
congratulating Naila on breaking yet another record, “Naila epitomizes the spirit of Pakistan’s greats, the work ethic, the willingness to give of herself and of her heart, and the love of triumph,” said Razak Dawood, Chairman of the BARD Foundation. She makes our nation great, writes her name in history, and inspires many more young girls with every successful climb. After climbing K2, Naila accomplished the incredible achievement of ascending Gasherbrum I, which motivates the Foundation to keep giving young athletes opportunities to succeed in sports and athletics. The accomplishment of Naila demonstrates the perseverance that women have in achieving anything they set their minds to.
Naila works as a banker in Dubai. She has two children and is a trained boxer, mountaineer, and adventure enthusiast. She made history in 2021 when she became the first Pakistani woman to summit Gasherbrum-II (8,035 meters), the thirteenth-highest mountain in the world. Naila was also the first Pakistani woman to accomplish this accomplishment on her first attempt and one of just two female mountaineers from Pakistan to stand atop the formidable K2, the second-highest peak in the world.
In December 2021, she received an award from Pakistan’s President in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to climbing.