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First Saudi woman scales Mount Everest

KATMANDU: Mountaineering officials say 64 climbers, including a Saudi Arabian woman, have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side of the mountain.

Tilak Padney of Nepal’s Mountaineering Department says 35 foreigners accompanied by 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak on Saturday morning after climbing all night from the highest camp on South Col.

All were reported to be safe.

Among them was Raha Moharrak, 25, who became the first Saudi Arabian woman to scale the world’s highest peak.

According to a BBC report, Moharrak is now also the youngest Arab to make it to the top of the Everest. The 25-year-old is part of a four-person expedition that also includes the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian to reach the summit.

Among Raha’s previous ascents are Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kala Pattar, Pico de Orizaba, and Iztacchuatl.

A biography on the expedition website said convincing Moharrak'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…so long as it inspires someone else to be second,” she was quoted as saying.

Everest can be climbed from either Nepal or Tibet. May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favorable weather.

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Agha Ata
May 18, 2013 11:05pm

She must have been running away from moral shoortas (police in Arabic) to a safer place. :)

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
May 19, 2013 01:01am

Great effort and that also by a Saudi women who are only allowed to move around accompanied by a very closed relative. Good news.

May 19, 2013 01:37am


May 19, 2013 02:47am

Poor woman, if she was a Pakistani she would 've become a national hero but in KSA, she will face religious police to answer some difficult quetions and she has to prove that her action did not jepordize Islam.

May 19, 2013 04:30am

Taboos imposed by the clerics and the rulers in the name of religion, tradition and culture to enslave women folks among some Muslim countries must now be washed out for ever. The Arab women excelled in the fields of learning, administration and battle fields in the past. They can compete with any one today as well. RAHA is the twilight to the entire women of the Muslim World.

May 19, 2013 05:10am

She can climb Everest, but she can't drive a car. Don't you think there is something wrong with that ?

May 19, 2013 06:16am

It is really pleasing to see emancipation of Arabs woman.

May 19, 2013 08:31am

To all those who are WORRIED that she will face problems in Saudi Arabia, it may be noted that she is from Jeddah. She lives in Dubai and has just graduated from the American Univ. in Sharja. So don't worry about her.