On August 2, 2017, Uzma Yousaf, the 43-year old mountaineer scaled the 7,027 metre high Spantik peak and was recorded as the first Pakistani lady to climb Spantik as well as any peak above 7000 meters in Pakistan. It is located in the Spantik-Sosban Mountain range, a subrange of the famous Karakoram Range in the north of Pakistan
Uzma is a self-taught mountaineer without any professional training for hiking. She started her climbing career in October 2016 by scaling 6050-metre Mingling Sar and 5098 metre Rush Peak in February 2017 that took her 31 days with the team to complete the voyage.
Her team included 3 other members Wajid Ullah Nagri, Yaseen and Hussain, who started their 31 day trek together. On Wednesday at 9:16 AM, Uzma reported the media that they have successfully reached the peak.
She said, “We’ve arrived at the top of Spantik at 9:16 am today (Wednesday). I’m really happy at the achievement. I know people in Pakistan are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day on August 14. My joy has multiplied as I’ve been able to carry Pakistan’s flag at the top of Spantik at this moment. It was really tough journey. The snow was not allowing us to move. But we did not give up our mission and thank God finally we made it.”
Uzma’s husband, who has continuously been supporting her morally and financially is so proud of her achievement, he said:
“She is really a talented lady. Though she has not been trained like other mountaineers, she was undertaking meticulous preparations for this climb for several months. Her hard work has been paid back.”
We congratulate the team for such passion and Uzma for being the source of great inspiration for females around the globe.