Raha Moharrak grew up in Saudi Arabia and throughout her life felt a longing to break free and to set off on her own adventure. She began searching for that adventure upon finishing her undergraduate studies, when she found what would become her life-long passion: mountain climbing.
At the age of 25, Moharrak successfully reached the peak of Kilimanjaro, and just two years later shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the youngest Arab, and first Saudi, woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Now 30 years old, she has completed several immense climbs of some of the highest peaks across the world.
While continuing to pursue her adventures, Moharrak utilizes the fame she has attained to spread a message of empowerment to other women, encouraging them to get active and to confront societal expectations. Moharrak also plays a role in pursuing the cause at a higher level through her involvement in campaigns by organizations such as the Human Rights Watch, who are lobbying governments to actively boost women’s role in sports.