A 9-year-old girl, Selena Khawaja from Abbottabad successfully scaled the Quz Sar Peak in Shimshal Valley Hunza. The mountain which is 5,765 meters high was scaled by the girl alongside her father and other team members.
Selena has become the youngest Pakistani girl to have scaled the peak. She earned this achievement on February 21 and now aims to become the youngest mountaineer in the world to scale Mount Everest.
But before she attempts Mount Everest, the child is preparing herself to climb Mingling Sar (6,050 meters), Spantik Peak (7,027 meters) and Broad Peak (8,051 meters) in 2018.
Selena is a fifth grader who has always had a passion for outdoor activities. She started training at the age of 8 with the help of her teachers and her father Yousaf Khawaja.
Before reaching the top of Quz Sar Peak, Selena trained by climbing the mountains of Miranjani and Makra. According to her, she has scaled Miranjani (3,000 meters) at least 45 times and Makra Peak (4,000 meters) 3 times.
The mountaineering community of Pakistan has named her ‘Mountain Princess’. While she is being praised by the country, some are raising concerns over her safety on high altitudes. However, her father who is a fitness trainer by trade has assured that he has trained Salena enough to keep her safe. He also said that special care is given to her diet.
Selena’s message to all the kids around Pakistan is to keep dream big, aim high and keep working hard.