After setting the record of cycling from Islamabad to highest international border (Khunjerab) in September 2015, this year Samar Khan has attempted another huge challenge of cycling on glaciers (Biafo Gyang) in the Karakoram ranges of Pakistan.
She is the first Pakistani and the World’s first woman to reach Biafo glaciers and cycled over there. Samar Khan is Masters in Physics and belongs to Lower Dir, KPK. She started adventure sports like Paragliding, Trekking, Mountain biking and Martial Arts few years back because of her passion towards sports & tourism.
She set out from Islamabad on 24th July, 2016 and took the route of Abbotabad, Naran, Kaghan and Babusar Top towards her destination. By covering the distance of almost 800km till the last remote village of GB; called Askoli, which is the entrance point to glaciers, she had trek for 3-4 days and found herself on icy-rock surface where she had attempted her record.
But it was not only the single challenge to attempt, she also wanted to summit the virgin peak for which she reached Latok Base Camp with her porters and high altitude climber Mr. Asghar Hussan(G1, G2 and Broad Peak summiteer). And she got successful in reaching upto camp2, but could not make the summit due to bad weather conditions.
This event was called ‘Ride to Glaciers Cyclothon’ as many cyclists were invited with the proper update of dates and spots to join Samar Khan. And she got warm response from the cyclists who have joined her in different spots like Abbotabad, Bessel, Babusar Top and Jaglot etc. Many domestic and international tourists have met her along the way and really appreciated her courage and determination of promoting a healthy activity like cycling among the youth. The fears and insecurities of international tourists were also removed by the practical example of solo rider Samar Khan.
She has played her part in uplifting the name of Pakistan; not nationally but also internationally. And proved that Pakistan is the safest place to pursue adventure sports and promoting tourism. Her journey and efforts are broadcasted by BBC, Voice of America and all the mainstream media of Pakistan.
Samar is going to join the National Team of cycling and planning to participate in Olympics for the honour of our country.