Saudi woman climbs Everest; Qatari due to reach summit on Wednesday


At 27 years old, Raha Moharrak has become the first Saudi Arabian woman – and also the youngest Arab – to scale Mount Everest. 

She made her historic ascent yesterday, as part of four-person team Arabs with Altitude, which has been trying to raise $1 million for Reach Out to Asia’s educational projects in Nepal.

She’s the first of her team-mates to reach the summit. The other three, including 30-year-old Qatari Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, are aiming to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain on Wednesday.


Sheikh Mohammed – who calls himself Moe – hopes to become the first Qatari to scale Everest. 

This update from Everest Base camp was posted on Moe’s website this morning: 

“The team crossed paths with Raha on the mountain today and congratulated her on an amazing achievement. The weather has been perfect for climbing, and hopefully the conditions will continue to cooperate.

May 22nd is the target date for summiting. Every day brings the summit closer for Moe, Raed, and Masoud, and they are anxious to take their turn on the top of the world.”

The team’s climb is being filmed by Qatar TV. 


Credit: Photo of Raha from Arabs on Top of the World; Photo of Moe Al Thani from his Twitter feed

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