Country: UAE (Saudi Arabia)
Raha Moharrak is the youngest Arab and the first Saudi woman ever to conquer Mount Everest. As preparation for the attempt on the world’s tallest mountatin, Moharrak climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus and Aconcagua, along with a host of other peaks on different continents. The youngest of three children, Moharrak was born in Jeddah. She graduated from the American University, Sharjah in visual communication, and is currently pursuing her MBA at Synergy University Dubai Campus with a specialisation in Women’s Leadership. According to CNN, she said that “convincing them [her family] to let her climb was as great a challenge as the mountain itself”.
Moharrak trained hard in her quest for the Everest. In February 2013, she reached the highest Argentine summit Aconcagua, and had been in Nepal since early April 2013 getting ready to execute her plan to conquer Mount Everest. She was joined by 34 other mountaineers and 29 guides in reaching the summit on May 18, 2013 from the Nepalese side of the mountain.