Altitude sickness, frostbite, and severe weather conditions are just a few of the obstacles climbers have to overcome en route to the summit of Mount Everest. Women from the Gulf have endured all of that, in addition to challenging conservative norms at home. “Convincing my parents to let me go on this expedition was even more difficult than planning this trip altogether,” said Raha Moharrak, who was the first, and to date is the only, female from the Gulf to have conquered the summit of Mount Everest. Raha is a pioneer in the field of mountain climbing, and has additionally reached the peaks of Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kala Pattar, Pico de Orizaba, and Iztaccihuat. AGSIW spoke with Raha Moharrak, who is based in Dubai but originally from Jeddah.