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05.18.1310:05 AM ET

Saudi Arabian Woman Scales Everest

Among 64 climbers to reach the world's highest peak.

A Saudi Arabian woman is among a group of 64 climbers who have reportedly scaled Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Nepal's mountaineering officials say that the 35 foreigners and 29 Sherba guides safely summited at 29,035 feet on Saturday morning, after an all-night trek from the nearest camp. Raha Moharrak is the first woman from Saudi Arabia to reach the top of Everest—hailing from a country whose harsh restrictions on women include a ban on driving. The mountain—first summited by Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953—is considered a highly dangerous climb, with six deaths recorded this year alone.

 

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