Mt.Everest(8848m) Expedition 2013

"First Pakistani Gender Equality Mt.Everest  (8848m) Expedition"

It is the mission of our Mt.Everest Expedition to embark the FIRST female Pakistani on any 8000er summit. Samina & Mirza are the only Pakistani to carry Pakistan´s National Flag to Mt.Everst on the 60th anniversary of its first ascent back in 1953. 

A mountain climbing venture of a Pakistani brother & sister.

Miza Ali and Samina Baig are natives of Shimshal Valley deep in the extreme Karakorum range in Upper Hunza. Mirza (29 years) has been climbing for last 12 years and wokrs as a mountain guide, expedition leader and trainer in the Karakorum, Himalaya and  Hindukush. Samina Baig (22 years) is a student of arts and has been climbing since four years. Her goal is to turn her love for mountaineering into her profession and work as a tour leader and mountain guide in the near future. Samina is the first pakistani female to attempt any 8000er mountain. Especially Mt. Everest, the highest peak of them all, has been summited only by two Pakistani mountaineers: Mr. Nazir Sabir & Mr. Hassan Sadpara. Samina could become the first Pakistani female to summit  Mt.Evererest.

 
Dear friends, visitors and followers,
we are extremely delighted to announce that our Mt.Everest Expedition is in its final phase. The expeditions we are launching are not to gain highest merits or only to reach the highest summits but the aim of our mountaineering adventures is for the sake of encouraging the youth for outdoor sports, ecological awarness and empowering women in mountain adventures and related sports. 
In the past four years we have successfully organized several expeditions.
 
We have been pioneers to promote mountain adventure in the country through the making of the first ever adventure documentary for Geo TV "Samina muhim Chashkin Sar" in Pakistan's adventure history, with the help of Geomentary Team, especially Shams Kazmi and his very professional team. In the following year, we made another promotional advertisement for gender equality, which was aired from 25 main stream tv channels. These expeditions have a great vision of empowering women adventures and encouragung women to overcome their own highest hurdles in their respective field of work! In recent years it is greatly experienced that women adventure has gained momentum and yet that is a great contribtion to national pride that women take part in mountain adventures.
 
Our  Mt.Everest expedition project is the follow up of our mission to encourage women and give them equal rights, this adventure story is about a brother and his sister, how he encourges his sister to emancipate in the society of the worlds most demanding sport: "Mountain Climbing"  
 
Since Mt.Everest is NOT an easy task or easy mountain to attempt nor is it offordable for the average person, we are very much thankful to our very GENEROUS KIWI FRIENDS & YOUNG GRASSHOPPER, "the guiders" http://www.younggrasshopper.com/ those who believe in our mission and support us, we would like to say THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT from the core of our hearts! Our Mt.Everest expedition starts from 1st of April till 6th of June 2013.
You can follow us on our expedition right here on this page!
 
Mt.Everest 
At 8,848m, Mount Everest straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet, in the great Himalaya Range. our mission is to climb Mount Everest via the south east ridge, which is the original route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they were the first summiters in 1953.
 
We  will be climbing Everest with a team of Sherpas  whom I have  met  previously during my Manaslu Expedition Autumn 2012. Dawa sherpa would be the team leader, our expedition has been booked with Seven Summit Treks. 
 
After spending a few days in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, our expedition will fly to the small mountain village of Lukla (2,860 m), from where we will depart and spend 10 days trekking through the mountains to Everest Base Camp (5,360 m). Along the way, we will pass through Namche Bazaar, a small town which is the main trading centre in the Everest Region, and which is known as the gateway to the 'High Himalaya'.
 
Once at base camp, we will begin our acclimatisation trips.This involves climbing to Camp 1, staying the night, then returning to base camp to rest, then climbing to Camp 1 and staying the night and climbing on to Camp 2 and staying the night, before returning to base camp and so on up to Camp 3. Once our acclimatisation trips have finished, and assuming we are in good health  and super fit physically and mentally , we'll be ready to try for the summit, which should be in mid May. We will wait for a good weather forecast or 'window' for the possible summit  attempt,
 
 
The route between base camp and Camp 1 (6,100 m) involves a passage through the infamous Khumbu Icefall, a dangerous river of ice which cascades down into the valley where the base camp is located. Above Camp 1, we will make our way up the Western Cwm (pronounced 'koom') to the base of the Lhotse face, where we will establish Camp 2 (6,500 m). The Western Cwm is a relatively flat, gently rising glacial valley, marked by huge lateral crevasses in the centre. With little atmosphere to filter the sun and reflective snow covering everything, the area can quickly turn into an oven on a clear, windless day, in spite of the extreme altitude. From Camp 2, we will ascend the Lhotse face on fixed ropes to Camp 3, located on a small ledge at 7,400 m, and move on to Camp 4, located on the South Col at 8,000 m, from where we will launch our summit attempt.
 
The route from Camp 4 will see us first reaching the Balcony at 8,400 m before continuing up the ridge, where we will face a series of imposing rock steps that might force us to the east into waist deep snow, a serious avalanche hazard. At 8,750 m, a small table-sized dome of ice and snow marks the South Summit. From there, we will follow the knife-edge south east ridge along a narrow and corniced traverse. This is the most exposed section of the climb, and the smallest mis-step can be fatal. At the end of this traverse stands the infamous Hillary Step, a 12 m high rock wall which is the notorious 'sting in the tail' which Ed Hillary climbed as the final obstacle to the summit in 1953. After ascending the Step using fixed ropes, it's a comparatively easy 100 m climb to the top along moderately angled snow slopes, though the exposure on the ridge is extreme. Once the summit is reached, it usually takes 2 days to descend back to base camp
 
Success and failur is in the hands of the Almighty, though our struggle is to do something different and unique, to show a positive side of Pakistan:  to give the chance for females to explore the unknown and break the barriers to reach their goals and conquer the heights. Awareness and motivation to empower women, this  is the main aim of our expedition.
 
Mr.Mirza Ali will try to attempt the mountain without using supplementary Oxygen,while Samina Baig will use supplementary Oxygen. Aditionally, Mirza plans to film the entire expedition and will try to make a documentary/short film "Beyond the heights",http://vimeo.com/52640690 Samina Baig is first Female from Pakistan to Attempt any 8000er in the world. Samina Baig previously attempted two virgin Peaks. She has been awarded "what is the good news of Voice of America" Excellence Award from the Surat Foundation and 8th Excellence Award of Sindh Government .Samina baig was featured for Gender equity AD for women empowerment:
http://www.mirzaadventure.blogspot.com 
 
We want each of you who visit our website, please keep us in your prayers for our success to put the green National Flag on top of the world and pray for our safe return!
 
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