Saudi woman creates history by reaching Mount Everest summit

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 05:19 hrs

London: A Saudi woman has become the first female from the country and the youngest Arab to reach the summit of Mount Everest - the world's highest mountain.

Raha Moharrak, 25, was part of a four-person expedition, which also included the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man attempting to reach the top of Mount Everest, trying to raise 1 million dollars for education projects in Nepal, the BBC reported.

Moharrak, who is originally from Jeddah, is a university graduate currently based in Dubai.

Her team said that coming from Saudi Arabia, Moharrak had to break a lot of barriers to achieve her goal.

A biography on the expedition website said that convincing Moharrak's family to agree to let her climb "was as great a challenge as the mountain itself," though they fully support her now. 

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