Dubai-based Pakistani mountaineers Naila Kiani and Sirbaz Khan.


Dubai expat survives Tibet avalanche that killed 2 people

Dubai-based Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani has survived an avalanche that killed two climbers in Tibet’s Mount Shishapangma, Chinese state media Xinhua reported.

Another Pakistani climber, Sirbaz Khan, also survived the avalanche. They are now in Camp 1. Activities in the summit have been suspended due to snowy conditions.

On Saturday, Kiani and Khan were attempting to summit the mountain when an avalanche hit, killing an American mountaineer and her Nepalese guide, and seriously injuring one other person. Two others are still missing.

Authorities have identified the deceased as Anna Gutu and Mingmar Sherpa. Their bodies have been recovered. A search is ongoing for missing American climber Gina Marie and her Nepalese guide, Tenjen Sherpa.

Kiani has expressed great sadness over the deaths of her fellow climbers. “We share our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these climbers,” she said.

Kiani is the first female Pakistani climber to reach the summit of 10 mountain peaks above 8,000m. She is the only Pakistani to ascend seven peaks above 8,000m in six months.

She has aborted her climb of Mount Shishapangma following Saturday’s incident. Shishapangma, located in Chinese territory, is one of the highest mountains in the world at 8,027m above sea level. ICA/Expat Media

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