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Saudi woman Raha Moharrak becomes the youngest Arab to conquer Everest

She is part of a four-person expedition that also includes Qatari and Palestinian

  • Gulf News Report
  • Published: 17:47 May 18, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Mount Everest Expedition
  • Raha Moharrak, 25, not only became the first Saudi woman to attempt the climb but also the youngest Arab to make it to the top of Everest. COURTESY Mount Everest expeditions

Dubai: A Saudi woman has made history by reaching the summit of the world’s highest mountain, reports said.

Raha Moharrak, 25, not only became the first Saudi woman to attempt the climb but is also the youngest Arab to make it to the top of Everest.

She is part of a four-person expedition that also includes the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man attempting to reach the summit, a BBC report said.

They are trying to raise $1 million (Dh3.67 million) for education projects in Nepal.

Originally from Jeddah, Raha is a university graduate currently based in Dubai.

Coming from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia - a conservative Muslim country where women’s rights are very restricted - she had to break a lot of barriers to achieve her goal, her climb team said.

A biography on the expedition website said convincing Raha’s family to agree to her climb “was as great a challenge as the mountain itself”, though they fully support her now.

“I really don’t care about being the first,” she is quoted as saying, “so long as it inspires someone else to be second.”

In Kathmandu, mountaineering officials told AP news agency that 64 climbers have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side of the mountain.

Tilak Pandey of Nepal’s Mountaineering Department said 35 foreigners accompanied by 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the 8,850-metre peak on Saturday morning after climbing all night from the highest camp on South Col.

All were reported to be safe.

Everest can be climbed from either Nepal or Tibet.

May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favourable weather.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:48 May 19, 2013

    congratulation Raha .We all r very happy for u . i pray more girls get inspired by your achievement you r one strong and brave girl .may Allah bless u with more success and happiness

    sam, new york, United States

  2. Added 10:09 May 19, 2013

    Bravo hats off to brave people who climb up Everest. Being a girl and eduring such steep places isnt that easy as it seems. I am an expeditioner by hobby as well and i know what it means for anyone to reach to that level I hope people start climbing k2 too one of the toughest climbs in the world, which is based in Pakistan. Every year lots of people lives are claimed trying to reach at the top, very few people have been able to conquer this deadly range and one of them was a german lady.

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:15 May 19, 2013

    Raha, you make us so proud! All the best!

    MAH, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan

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