Meet the first all-female team from the Middle East looking to tackle Mount Everest

If you ever needed some inspiration, we’ve got just the thing.

This group of five Jordanian women have their sights set on becoming the first all-female team from the Middle East to summit the world’s tallest peak – Mount Everest.

Their mission statement? To inspire people in the region, women especially, defying stereotypes and to pursue their dreams, regardless of gender, age or faith.


Who’s leading it all?

Leading the expedition is renowned Jordanian mountaineer, Mostafa Salameh, who is one of 12 people in the world to have conquered all seven of the world’s most challenging summits, as well as ascend to both poles.

After having summited Everest for the first time in 2008, Salameh claimed he would only undertake the challenge again if it were alongside a Jordanian woman.


Who are the women?

Well, it seems he found five women: Abeer Seikaly, Farah Abu Baker, Iman Al Majali, Israa Abu Soufeh and Maria Halaseh.

As for each woman’s motivation behind the task at hand, they couldn’t be more different.

One woman is hoping to be the first hijabi woman to tackle Mount Everest, while another is a grandmother hoping to make her grandchildren proud.


They’re not going into this blind though. The women have completed a mountaineer training course in Nepal, to prep up for the insanely difficult conditions that they’ll face when it comes to the actual climb.

The actual climb will take place in April 2018, allowing them just under another year to prepare.

Just for reference…

Everest stands at 8,848 metres above sea level.

At around 5,000 metres, the air contains about 50 per cent less oxygen than at sea level.

With little oxygen in the air, respiratory rate goes up, and as a result so does heart rate, in an effort to get more oxygen into the body.

Oh, and your body sweats almost twice as much as it would on the ground. So you’ve got to watch out for dehydration too.

Headaches are pretty common, so is nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and even insomnia and a loss of appetite. Doesn’t sound too fun, eh?

Oh, and imagine all this while trying to scale a mountain. It’s no feat to be trifled with. It’s pretty chilly up there too.