After an intense two-month journey, Manal Rostom has become the first Egyptian woman to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest!
After a gruelling and challenging climb, marathoner and mountaineer Manal Rostom has become the first Egyptian woman to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest!
Just a few days ago on the final push to the top Rostom shared a video on social media sharing her thoughts and fears on her way to the top. In spite of these doubts - or perhaps because she was able to push through them - Rostom has completed her two-month journey to climb to the top of the tallest mountain on Earth at 8,849 m.
Rostom took part in marathons around the globe including New York City, Berlin, Chicago, Boston and London, as well as the Great Wall of China. She previously climbed some of the world's other highest mountain summits, namely Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Elbrus, and made it to the Mount Himalaya base in 2016.
Nike chose Rostom to be the first veiled Egyptian Arab woman to serve as the face of their international women's sportswear brand. Rostom also founded 'Surviving Hijab', a Facebook group that now has about 600,000 members where women come to share their experiences. In recognition of all her achievements, she is often invited as a speaker in major conferences to share her story of overcoming stereotypes and challenges, and to spread a positive message of tolerance and inclusivity.