‘Arabs with Altitude’: First Saudi Arabian woman conquers Mount Everest with Qatari and Palestinian friends

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May 19, 2013

Raha Moharrak, 25, was joined by 34 other foreigners and 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides who made the treacherous climb from the highest camp to the peak of the mountain, at 29,035 feet.

May 19, 2013

Raha Moharrak, 25, was joined by 34 other foreigners and 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides who made the treacherous climb from the highest camp to the peak of the mountain, at 29,035 feet.

The first Saudi Arabian woman has successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest, according to mountaineering officials.

Raha Moharrak, 25, was joined by 34 other foreigners and 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides who made the treacherous climb from the highest camp to the peak of the mountain, at 29,035 feet.

Tilak Padney of the Mountaineering Department in Nepal confirmed that Moharrak and the others made it safely back to camp.

The young woman, originally from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was part of a climb that included two other firsts — the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man to summit the formidable peak.

Their organization, called Arabs with Altitude, is working with Reach Out to Asia to raise money for education in Nepal, according to their Twitter page.

The mountain, which sits solidly in the Himalayas, can be accessed via both Tibet and Nepal. Many climbers chose to scale the peak in May because of favorable weather conditions.

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary of the U.K. became the first man to successfully reach Everest's summit.


Courtesy: NYDN