First Saudi Woman Climbs Mount Everest

Raha Moharrak, a 25-year-old university graduate, reached the world's highest peak, said an official at the Nepal Mountaineering Department.

A 25-year-old university graduate has become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb Mt Everest, authorities in Nepal confirmed on Saturday.

Raha Moharrak arrived at the world's highest peak at around eight in the morning, said Tilak Pandey, an official at the Nepal Mountaineering Department.

Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by a conservative Sunni Muslim monarchy, strictly restricts the rights of women.

Moharrak was part of a group that included the first Qatari man and first Palestinian man to attempt to reach the summit.

The "Arabs with Attitude" group posted a message on its Twitter account congratulating Moharrak.

"The first ever Saudi woman to attempt Everest has reached the top!! Bravo Raha Moharrak. We salute you," the message read.

Moharrak also became the youngest Arab to reach the summit.

Altogether, 35 foreigners and 29 Nepalis scaled the mountain on Saturday.

The month of May is a busy time on Mt Everest, as it is the best time of the year to climb.

More than 3,000 people have climbed Mt Everest since it opened to the world in 1953. Hundreds have lost their lives attempting to climb it.