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May 9, 2022

Qatari mountaineer Sheikh Asma Al Thani atop Mt. Kanchenjunga

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Qatari Mountaineer Sheikh Asma Al Thani at the top of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Image from Facebook page
Qatari Mountaineer Sheikh Asma Al Thani at the top of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Image from Facebook page

An alpinist from Qatar Ms. Sheikha Asma Al-Thani succeeded to reach the top of Mt Kanchenjunga at around 11 AM on Saturday- May 7, 2022.

The guide of the team that set foot in Kanchenjunga, Nirmal Purja, has made it public through his Facebook page.

Kangchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band.

With her feet at the top of 8,586 meters high Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountains located in Nepal, the Qatari adventurous woman Sheikh Asma Al-Thani is stepping nearer to achieve the Grand Slam Explore mission that is to climb all the highest Seven Summits in all continents and reach to North and south Poles.

Qatari Mountaineer Sheikh Asma Al Thani. Image from Al-Thani Twitter page

“I am humbled to be the first Arab to summit Kanchenjunga, hopefully to many more,” writes Sheikh Asma Al-Thani in Instagram.

An alpinist and sports personality Asma Al-Thani believes that challenges provide inspiration which in turn leads to achieving goals.

Thus, it could also read her encouraging words on Instagram: ”I’d been sick for a couple of days and was worried I wouldn’t make it. But trying is always better than not, right?”

“When you really want something, fight for it- don’t give up no matter how hopeless it appears. And when you’ve given up hope, ask yourself if you’ll wish you’d given it one more shot in a couple of years. The best things in life don’t come easy. Don’t let fear keep you from doing the things you want to do,” she wrote her inspirational words.

“In 2 days we atop the magnificent Kanchenjunga. From camp 2, we began our summit push. We proceeded to Camp 3, passing Camp 4 on our way up toward the summit.”

“Although Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain, it is famous for its extremely long summit push. And it was a long one. Before we reached the summit, the day turned into night and back again.” “I decided to go ahead and do it, and so we did,” alpinist Al-Thani wrote in her courage-able words.

In response to her latest mission, the Qatar Olympic Committee also congratulated Sheikh Asma Al-Thani in a post on Twitter.

Alpinist Sheikh Asma Al Thani at the top of the Mt. Kanchenjunga along with with other climbing members. Image from Facebook page.

Though Princess Sheikh Asma Al-Thani is a member of the ruling Qatari royal family she loves to face challenges.

Thus, the Qatari adventurous woman Sheikh Asma Al-Thani is on a mission to complete the Explorers Grand Slam– that is to climb all the highest Seven Summits in all continents and reach the North and South Poles.

She aims to become the first woman from the Middle East to complete the Explorers Grand Slam.

On the course of the Explorers Grand Slam, she had so far been successful to reach the top of 8,167 meter snow-capped peaks Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Ama Dablam (8,163 meters) Mt. Manaslu.

She had also climbed the 6,969 meters high Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina (South America) and reached the North Pole in 2018.

Adding more peaks on the course of Grand Slam Explorer she had atop the 5,642 meters high Mount Elbrus- a highest in Europe- located in Russia in August 2021.

A strong-hearted Arab woman, Sheikh Asma began her mountain climbing journey in 2014 by putting her feet on Africa’s highest snow peak 5,895 metres Mt. Kilimanjaro.

She has climbed four mountains. Elbrus, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ama Dablam in less than five months and also set a record becoming the first Arab woman to climb above 8000er Mt. Manaslu without oxygen in September 2021.

File Photo: Qatari Mountaineer Sheikh Asma Al Thani at the top of the Mt Dhaulagiri. Image from Al-Thani Twitter page

She has also climbed Mount Aconcagua, (6,961metres) the highest in the southern hemisphere and Antarctica’s highest mountain Vinson Massif (4.892 above sea level).

The sources also added that after a successful summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga, now her dream is to put her feet at the roof of the world’s highest peak 8,848,86 meters high Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 metres high peak).

“The overwhelming beauty of nature humbles me. It makes me realize how insignificant I am and shows me how little control I have over anything. What makes me more determined to respect and benefit what surrounds me,” Al-Thani wrote on his Instagram account.

By profession, a Director of Marketing and Communications at the Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Asma, who is now at early thirties, dreamt of reaching the toughest snow-covered roofs in the skies since 2003 when at that time she was just 14 by writing “climbing mountains” on her wish list.

A woman with many achievements, Sheikh Asma hopes her feats will inspire other adventurous females to follow her footsteps.