Naila Kiani, the fearless mountaineer hailing from Pakistan and based in Dubai, has once again etched her name into the annals of mountaineering history. Her recent triumphant ascent of Manaslu, standing tall at a staggering 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) above sea level, at 6:15 a.m. (UAE time) on September 21, marks her ninth successful conquest of an 8,000-meter peak.
Naila’s achievement is nothing short of remarkable, solidifying her position as the first mountaineer from the UAE to attain such an extraordinary feat. What makes her accomplishment even more impressive is her relatively brief two-year journey into the world of mountaineering.
The final push towards Manaslu’s summit commenced at 6 p.m. on September 20, with Naila scaling the challenging terrain throughout the night, enduring a grueling 12-hour ascent before reaching the peak at dawn. Now, her arduous journey continues as she navigates the treacherous descent while battling sleep deprivation.
Manaslu, notorious for its unpredictable weather, perilous terrain, and avalanche-prone slopes, presents formidable challenges even to the most seasoned mountaineers. Yet, Naila’s successful ascent stands as a testament to her unwavering pursuit of excellence and her unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of the human spirit, bolstered by the support of the Bard Foundation.
As Naila looks forward to the next chapter in her remarkable journey, which includes conquering the final three peaks starting in April 2024, she actively seeks sponsorship support. This promises to be an extraordinary phase in her already illustrious mountaineering career, as she continues to inspire us all with her indomitable spirit and unwavering determination.