Asma Al Thani is the first Qatari woman to climb Mount Everest
On Friday, May 27, Sheikha Asma Al Thani became the first Qatari woman to scale the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest.
Together with the record-holding climber Nirmal Purja (Nims Dai), Al Thani stood on top of the tallest mountain in the world with the goal of encouraging women and young people in the region to challenge stereotypes and pursue their dreams.
Having successfully climbed Mt. Everest, Al Thani is now aiming for the Explorers Grand Slam – a challenge to reach the North Pole, South Pole, and climb all the Seven Summits (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Puncak Jaya, and Mount Elbrus).
She has already accomplished three out of nine Grand Slam challenges – being the first Qatari to ski the last degree to the North Pole and to climb Aconcagua's summit back in 2019.
In 2014, Al Thani was among the first group of Qatari women to climb Kilimanjaro. Furthermore, she was the first Qatari woman to scale Vinson Massif, Antarctica's highest peak. Last September, she became the first Arab to summit Mt. Manaslu without supplemental oxygen.
In addition to advocating female empowerment throughout the Middle East, Al Thani is a senior female official in the Qatar Olympic Committee and has extensive influence within Qatari, regional, and international sports.
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Image credit: Everest Today
Source: The Himalayan Times