Sheikha Asma al-Thani, a princess and mountain climber from Qatar, has scripted history by becoming the first person from her country to scale the ‘killer mountain’, Mount Manaslu. The eighth highest peak in the world, Manaslu stands in Nepal at a height of 26781 feet above sea level.
Asma with her ascent to the summit also clinched the title of being the first Arab woman ever to climb to that height without oxygen. She reached on September 27 around 11 AM, raising her country’s flag atop the mountain.
In an Instagram post marking her achievement, Asma writes, “It was a challenging journey that pushed me out of my comfort zone at every level. Our goals, and challenges are what spark that magic within us. We can only go forward if we tell ourselves we can.”
Her dreams are paving the way for so many girls in her country, who look up to her as an inspiration and champion of empowerment. Asma is a noted person of influence within the Qatari sporting community and serves on the Qatar Olympic Committee as a senior official.
Qatari Royal Sheikha Asma al-Thani Is Making Her Way Up Mountains And Records
At 31, the climber is set on a journey to break multiple records.
In 2018, she was the first from her country to ski to the North Pole. She has also climbed Mount Aconcagua and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Earlier this year, Sheikha Asma made public her decision to scale Everest – a feat that will make her the first Qatari woman to reach the highest mountain peak. This fits in with her design of attempting to complete the Explorers Grand Slam, a dream mountaineering goal for climbers that includes scaling the Seven Summits (top peaks on every continent) and reaching the North and South Poles.
Congratulations to all of Qatar 💪🇶🇦. Our flag waves high at an altitude of 8163 meters above sea level. Qatari mountain climber @atalthani reaches the summit of Mount Manaslu, 8th tallest mountain in the world and the first arab women to climb an 8000s without O2. 💪🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/RQGgMVTLf0
— Team Qatar 🇶🇦 (@qatar_olympic) September 28, 2021
This is Asma’s message to herself:
“One step at a time Asma.
But always forward.
Even when you’re tired, keep going.
Even when you’re lonely, keep going.
Even when you feel like you can’t go any further, keep going.
It is in those moments where you gain the reason why you must keep going.”
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