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Saudi woman among 64 climbers to scale Mount Everest

Mountaineering officials say 64 climbers, including a Saudi Arabian woman, have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal's side of the mountain.

Raha Moharrak 1st Saudi woman to reach summit

An expedition including 25-year-old Raha Moharrak of Saudi Arabia climbed Mount Everest to raise money for education in Nepal. (Arabs on Top of the World/Facebook)

Mountaineering officials say 64 climbers, including a Saudi Arabian woman, have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal's side of the mountain.

Tilak Padney of Nepal's Mountaineering Department says 35 foreigners accompanied by 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the 8,850-metre peak on Saturday morning after climbing all night from the highest camp on South Col.

All were reported to be safe.

Among them was Raha Moharrak, who became the first Saudi Arabian woman to scale the world's highest peak. Moharrak is a university graduate currently who was born in Jeddah and lives in Dubai.

The 25-year-old is part of a four-person expedition that also includes the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man to reach the summit.

Calling themselves "Arabs with Altitude," the quartet — according to their Twitter page — say they are working to "raise money for Nepali education."

The group includes Mohammed Al Thani, a member of Qatar's royal family, Palestinian businessman Raed Zidan and Masoud Mohammad, an Iranian entrepreneur living in Dubai. They join the more than 3,000 people who've made it to summit.

"I really don’t care about being the first," Moharrak had previously said. "So long as it inspires someone else to be the second."

Everest can be climbed from either Nepal or Tibet.

May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favourable weather.

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