The first Arab woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the northeast: Dolores Al Shelleh

The first Arab woman to climb Mount Everest from the northeast, Dolores Al Shelleh is a Jordanian adventurer and influencer. While working for a corporate company in 2015, she decided to climb the mountains, realizing that she needed new adventures.

“I always wanted to connect with nature and explore the world more,” Dolores told Euronews. says.

With no previous mountaineering experience, Dolores spent three years trying to gain experience: “I’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Peak Mera, and when I climbed these two mountains, maybe I should have been the first Arab woman to do so by climbing Mount Everest from the Tibetan side, and a little I said to myself that I should write history.”

Despite their training and preparation, Dolores and the other climbers on her team faced many challenges on their 50-day journey to the top of the world. Dolores described her experiences as follows:

“I’ve had bad days where I was really sad and felt like I couldn’t make it because we all got sick from altitude at some point on the mountain. A height like that isn’t for the body. But it was nice for everyone to connect as people regardless of differences and support each other for a common purpose.”

Bad weather meant that Dolores and her crew had 2-3 days to reach the summit.

On May 23, 2019, Dolores became the first Jordanian woman to stand on the highest point in the world, the first Arab woman to reach here from the northeast ridge: “I felt more alive. I felt more human. What is it like to connect with each other, to work together as a team, to care about others at the top? I felt it was just as important.”

Having gained a new perspective on life, Dolores returned to Dubai and decided to become a life coach to help others achieve their dreams.

Dolores climbs focused on raising awareness about the climate movement for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Now he produces content that emphasizes the importance of sustainable living and says, “I hope I can reach my new goals in Dubai and move forward globally.” she says.

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