Sunday, 19 May 2013
25-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Woman Makes History By Reaching Everest Summit
Raha Moharrak is the youngest Arab and the first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest. She has also earlier climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kala Pattar, Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl.
She has broken not one, but two records with her summiting of Mount Everest.
The 25-year-old Saudi Arabian made it to the top of Everest — along with 34 other climbers from around the world and their 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides — Saturday morning.
Moharrak is both the first Saudi Arabian woman and the youngest Arab to reach the summit, which at 8,850 meters or 29,035 feet is the highest in the world.
She was part of a four-person expedition that also included the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man to reach the summit. The group is aiming to raise $1 million to help fund education projects in Nepal.
They climbed from the Nepal side, leaving from the highest camp on South Col. The mountain can also be scaled from Tibet.
May is the most popular month for climbers to attempt Mount Everest because of the favorable weather conditions.
Originally from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where women are heavily restricted by the conservative Islamic society, Moharrak said she had to surpass many hurdles to be able to make the climb.
“I really don’t care about being the first," Moharrak said. "So long as it inspires someone else to be second."
The university graduate is currently based in Dubai.