Doha: Sheikha Asma Al Thani, a Qatari climber, hoisted the Qatar flag for the first time on top of Manaslu, becoming the first Arab woman to summit an 8000 meter peak without oxygen.
Mount Manaslu is the world’s eighth tallest peak, standing at 8,163 metres above sea level. It is found in the Mansiri Himal, which is part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in Nepal’s west-central region. Manaslu is one of the most dangerous 8000ers to climb, with locals dubbing it “killer mountain” due to the numerous deaths that have occurred on its steep slopes.
“The Qatar flag has been raised for the first time on the top of Manaslu,” she wrote on her Instagram page. “Slowly but surely we make our way to the summit of Manaslu without oxygen, becoming the first Arab to summit an 8000er without O2,” she said.
“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny,” Sheikha Asma said on her Instagram page.
She expressed her will to keep going in the same post, thanking all of her friends and family for their support. According to Nirmal Purja, a guide and trainer, she also completed the entire route, from base camp to summit and summit to base camp, without using a helicopter to get to the higher camp.
She climbed Manaslu after taking on Mount Elbrus in August of this year, Europe’s highest peak. Also in 2019, Sheikha Asma hiked to Everest base camp, climbed the North Pole, and ascended Kilimanjaro in 2014. During her journey, she hopes to reach the North Pole and the South Pole to complete the Explorers Grand Slam.