A female mountaineer has made history by becoming the first Lebanese woman to scale the Mt. Everest. Dubai-resident Fatima Deryan reached the summit of the tallest mountain in six out of the world’s seven continents, and in a patriotic moment worthy of making the Lebanese proud for years to come, she unfurled the country’s flag.
In an Instagram post, the 25-year-old announced her achievement and wrote that she reached the summit on May 22, at 9:08 a.m. “My dream became a reality,” she wrote. “I made it to the highest point in the world Mount Everest that stands at 8,848m. I though summiting was a major bonus of my expedition but it turned out that I made it as the 1st Lebanese Woman! Unplanned, unexpected, it was the cherry on top of my journey!”
She kept her followers and friends in the loop of her journey on social media through pictures and videos of her climbing captioned with dates and times. Deryan’s achievement comes in a season in which 10 people have lost their lives in an attempt to scale the mountain.
Another climber named Joyce Azzam became the first Lebanese woman to complete the grand slam when she reached the Mount Everest peak on Thursday, May 23. Her accomplishment didn’t go unnoticed by the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who congratulated Azzam on a video call.