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The youngest Arab woman to climb Mount Everest.

The first Saudi Arabian woman to climb Mount Everest, Iztaccihuatl, Mount Elbrus, Pico de Orizaba, Aconcagua, Mount Vinson, and Kala Patthar.

Major Accomplishments

Raha Moharrak is the first Saudi Arabian and youngest Arab woman in the world to ever climb Mount Everest. She attained her Visual Communications degree from the American University of Sharjah in 2008 and works as a freelance graphic designer. However, from a young age, Moharrak's calling was in adventurous activities. With her parents' encouragement, she partook in activities such as scuba diving, sky diving, shark diving, and climbing.

She began her climbing career in 2011 when she reached the Roof of Africa at Mt. Kilimanjaro. In 2012, she was a member of the first all-female Saudi woman team to reach the Everest Base Camp, and went on to be the first Saudi woman to reach the summit of the mountains of Iztaccihuatl, Mount Elbrus, Pico de Orizaba, Aconcagua, Mount Vinson, and Kala Patthar. On May 18th, 2013, she reached the summit of Nepal’s Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, in a first for the conservative kingdom where women’s sports are severely restricted. As a result of her accomplishment, Moharrak has spoken at numerous international conferences, encouraging young Arab women to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. Moharrak is a trailblazer for Arab women, around the world, in the field of sports.

Last modified: 01/08/2019

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