Pakistani cyclist becomes first woman to scale Africa’s highest mountain

A young girl from Pakistan’s northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has achieved the feat of becoming the first woman in the world to scale Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro, on bicycle.

Samar Khan, a cyclist from Dir, was sponsored by Pakistan Army for her participation in the mountain cycling event in Tanzania.

Khan, who has cycled on glaciers in Karakoram range, scaled 5895-meter Mount Kilimanjaro on Thursday. She was awarded by Tanzania’s Tourism department.

She is also the first woman in the world to have cycled on the 4,500-metre-high Biafo glacier in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Khan, a Master’s degree holder in physics, enjoys paragliding, trekking, and mountain climbing in addition to cycling, which she has a penchant for.

She is also the first female in history to summit 6000+ meter high Virgin Peak; with the successful attempt of cycling.

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