Muscat – Oman’s most famous mountaineer and the first Omani woman to scale Mt Everest, Nadhirah al Harthy has successfully scaled Mt Manaslu in Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163m above sea level.
Nadhirah, who raised the Omani flag atop the mountain for the first time in the history of the sultanate, began her technical preparations for the new personal record several months ago.
She took three days to reach the final camp while the ascent from the final camp to the summit took 15 hours.
“I am very happy to reach the summit after overcoming many difficulties and challenging climatic conditions,” said Nadhirah.
She added that this mission was an extension of her previous trips, which began with scaling Mt Everest in 2019, and reaching the summit of Mt Ama Dablam, also in Nepal, at an altitude of 6,812m in January 2021.
“The climb to the top of this mountain confirms that Omani women are capable of great achievements in sports and in all other fields,” said Nadhirah.
She climbed Mt Everest with three other Arab women, and their entire journey was filmed and documented by Canadian adventurer and filmmaker Elia Saikaly.
She was inspired to take up this challenge by the late Khalid al Siyabi, the first Omani to climb Mt Everest in 2010, and underwent rigorous training for over two years before venturing out for her mission.
Being an ultra athlete, Nadhirah al Harthy has participated in the Muscat Marathon twice, as well as the 90km Oman UTMB race.