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Danah Al Ali is the First Emirati Woman to Summit Mount Everest and Lhotse in One Day


Adventurer Danah Al Ali has set a new record by becoming the first Emirati woman to conquer a daring peak-to-peak challenge – climbing Mount Everest and nearby Lhotse in 24 hours.

The mother-of-two started on this historical journey in 2013 after returning from summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In the decade-long journey that followed, Al Ali went through rigorous preparation such as acclimatizing her body to the low Himalayan altitude by sleeping in an oxygen tent for eight hours a night, daily physical training, regular hikes in Ras Al Khaimah, and snow and ice climbing in Chamonix in the French Alps.


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Al Ali departed for Nepal on April 26, 2023, and arrived at Everest Base Camp on May 14 to make final preparation for a challenge that she had been dreaming about for years. With a climbing group of 16 people from around the world Al Ali finally embarked upon this long-awaited adventure during a good weather window between May 23 and 25.

It was on May 24 that Al Ali conquered the two peaks, and the UAE flag was unraveled from her rucksack on the fourth-highest peak in the world, Lhotse. While the emblem of the Emirates fluttered in the wind, the mountaineer reportedly thought of her children. The biggest challenge for her had not been the fact that the deadly climb of Everest has claimed more than 300 lives so far or that this year alone 12 people died while five more remain missing, it was missing her family.

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