Sheikha Asma Al Thani’s Everest climb is big news in Nepal media

KATHMANDU: The news of Sheikha Asma Al Thani aiming to become the first Qatari woman to climb Mount Everest in April/May this year has been widely reported in the Nepalese media, with Himalayan Times, the country’s leading English newspaper, publishing the news prominently.

Photo credit: The Himalayan Times

The news was trending top on the daily’s website for a few hours, which also published exclusive pictures of Sheikha Asma with the team leader and her mountain guide, at Hotel Yak and Yeti, in Kathmandu.

Sheikha Asma arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday.

“Qatari climber Sheikha Asma Al Thani is set to make historic Everest ascent and aims to become the first Qatari woman to climb Mount Everest as part of her drive to inspire women and young people in the region to challenge stereotypes and fulfil their dreams,” the paper said.

“She will become the first Qatari woman in history to stand at 8,849 metres above sea level, if she overcomes the toughest challenge yet on her journey, summiting Mt Everest. She is the third Qatari national to ever attempt the climb,” the report added.

The 31-year-old Sheikha Asma is attempting to summit Everest in an attempt to become the first woman from the Middle East to complete the Explorers Grand Slam — a challenge to reach both North Pole, South Pole, and climb all the Seven Summits (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Puncak Jaya, and Mount Elbrus).

She has already completed three of the nine Explorers Grand Slam challenges, as she became the first Qatari to ski the last degree to the North Pole in 2018 and to summit Aconcagua in 2019. She was among the first group of Qatari women to summit Kilimanjaro in 2014.

“I have dreamed of climbing mountains ever since I was young; a dream which has always been ignited by my love of sports and its ability to inspire,” Sheikha Asma said

“In my extensive work within the field of sports in Qatar, I have seen first-hand the powerful impact that sports and its incredible athletes can have on the lives of so many. If they fall, they always get up and try harder. And if they lose, they always rise stronger. Ultimately, they inspire us all to be better versions of ourselves,” she said.

Challenges limits

“I climb mountains because it challenges my limits. And it is my hope that by taking on the world’s highest mountains, I can challenge the stereotypical image of the traditional explorer and empower women and youth in the region to challenge themselves and dream bigger,” she added.

“This has been a journey of firsts, but this is not my focus. My ultimate dream is to be the first of many Qatari women to achieve such feats. Together we can all work to inspire the next generation of women to achieve their dreams,” said Sheikha Asma.

The news has also been reported worldwide, including in leading British and French dailies.

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