Samina Baig made Pakistani nation feel immensely jubilant after becoming the first female Pakistani to set foot on the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest. Samina comes from Shimshal village in Gojal, Gilgit–Baltistan. She was born on 19 September 1990. Samina is the first Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to climb Mount Everest. She is also the youngest Muslim woman to climb Everest, having done so at the age of 21. The expedition was a demonstration of gender equality, says Samina.
She was the first to climb the peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) in Pakistan in 2010, which was later renamed Samina Peak after her name. She reached the summit of 'Koh-i-Brobar' ('Mount Equality') in 2011. An attempt at the seven kilometre high Spantik Peak ended in failure for Samina, due to adverse weather conditions.
Samina Baig was trained in mountaineering from the age of 15 by her brother, Mirza Ali. She is a student of Arts and began climbing when she was merely four years old. Besides the Himalayas, Baig has been employed as a mountain guide and expedition leader in the Hindu Kush and the peaks of Karakoram. She has been a professional climber since 2009.
Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest on May 19, 2013. She was joined by Indian twin girls Tashi and Nancy Malik in climbing Mount Everest and they together perched national flags of India and Pakistan side-by-side atop the peak, to spread a message of Indo-Pakistani friendship and peace. Their adventure, a tough journey began on 1st April 2013.
Baig and company climbed the Nepalese south face of the mountain. The expedition to the summit took 48 days. The team traversed the South Col pass in eight hours, with the mountaineers reaching their goal on the sixtieth anniversary of Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing's first successful conquest of Everest. She was congratulated for the achievement by the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.