Famous Pakistani climber Shaheen Baig has set out to scale Mt. Ama Dablam (6864m) with his Italian companion Elena. He is the first Pakistani who is attempting to scale a mountain in Nepal in autumn season.
Both climbers reportedly spent three days at the base camp, preparing their climbing gears and also to get themselves acclimatized to the environment around the Mt. Ama Dablam. The two climbers set out on the expedition on Oct. 22 and established camp-I the same day.
Shaheen Baig, who succeeded to scale K2 (8611m) during the Golden Jubilee celebration year of K2 in 2004, has also scaled G-II (8035m) in 2001. He has been a part of several challenging expeditions, including winter attempts of G-I and Broad Peak. It is another challenging expedition to climb nearly 7000m high peak first time in autumn. It is pertinent to mention here that autumn is the a callous time to climb a mountain in Nepal because the weather becomes extremely unfavorable, making climbing more difficult and challenging.
Shaheen Baig- a mountaineer, mountain guide and climbing instructor- hails from Shimshal valley, known as the valley of climbers in the district of Hunza Nagar in Gilgit Baltistan. He started his mountaineering career in 1995 as a high altitude porter with a Korean expedition.
In 1997, he scaled Muztagh Ata (7546m) with a Japanese team. Shaheen’s first expedition to an 8000m peak was with a Japanese team that attempted Gasherbrum II in 2001. He successfully reached the top. Later, Shaheen attempted Broad Peak in 2002 and Nanga Parbat in 2003. In 2004 he scaled K2, the second highest peak of the world.
Shaheen Baig was climbing partner of world renowned climber Simone Moro during the winter expedition of Broad Peak in 2007-08. They achieved the significant height of 7800m. Shaheen also participated in two successful Polish winter expeditions, in 2011/12 (first winter ascent of GI) and 2012/13 (first winter ascent of Broad Peak)
Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali established Shimshal Mountaineering School in 2009. Female students of the institute bagged first winter ascent of Mingling Sar (6050m) in 2010/11
Rescue Operation: Shaheen Baig was the first Pakistani to conduct a rescue operation on Lady Finger in Hunza in 1997 to bring back the body of a Japanese climber. He was a member of a Japanese expedition to Passu peak to bring the body of another Japanese climber from camp-II from a height of 5,500m in September 3, 2003. In 2004 he participated in Magic Line Spanish expedition on K-2 to bring the body of a Spanish climber from a height of 6400m.
Awards: Shaheen Baig have received shield for scaling K-2 during Mountain Festival in Islamabad in 2005. He received K2 and Nanga Parbat Golden Jubilee shield from the Alpine Club of Pakistan. He also bagged an achievement Medal from the Aga Sports Board and has been nominated for Pride of Performance Presidential Award.