By Sam Bridge
Dolores Al Shelleh, a Jordanian national living in Dubai, became the first Arab woman to climb Mount Everest's daunting peak from the Northeast Ridge
National Geographic Abu Dhabi has announced it will premiere the Dolores Al Shelleh story, The Lone She, on International Women’s Day on Sunday.
Al Shelleh, 28, a Jordanian national living in Dubai, successfully became the first Arab woman to climb Mount Everest's daunting 8839-metre peak from the Northeast Ridge.
Scaling the world’s highest mountain from the Northeast Ridge is the toughest climb in mountaineering circles, a route considered much tougher than scaling the mountain from the South.
Owing to its treacherous conditions, from harsh winds, cold temperatures, lack of helicopter rescue operations, this journey is fraught with danger and prone to higher fatality rates.
The Lone She film showcases Al Shelleh’s extraordinary journey, highlighting the unpredictable, volatile routes she embarked upon on her challenging ascent to the top of the Summit, which she reached on May 23, 2019.
The Lone Film is part of National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s celebration of International Women’s Day which will feature a jam-packed marathon of shows and programs highlighting the achievements of women, both Arab and from around the world, who have made their mark on history.
Al Shelleh aims to inspire the younger generations of Arab women to challenge themselves and follow their dreams. She also made history by being the first Arab to summit Mount Manaslu in Himalayas-Nepal, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,156m above sea level.