Last year, a Jordanian woman became the first Arab woman to climb Mount Everest from the famed, treacherous North-Eastern ridge. This year, National Geographic Abu Dhabi is premiering a documentary about Dolores Al Shelleh’s historic achievement in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8.
The Lone She documents the 28-year-old’s journey, taking on both its physical and emotional challenges.
The North-Eastern ridge - running through Tibet - is the second most travelled route that climbers take to reach the 8839-meter peak. The South is the more travelled - and now over congested and often polluted - alternative.
Al Shelleh, however, made it a point to take the more sustainable and environmentally friendly path on her journey, even though it’s more dangerous, with its harsh winds, cold temperatures, and higher risks of fatality.
Al Shelleh is the first Jordanian woman to summit the peak.
This was not her first daunting - and historic - accolade. She was also the first Arab to summit Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas, the world’s eighth highest mountain at a height of 8,156m.
The film is part of National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s roster of content for International Women’s Day, which aims to highlight several stories about women, both from the Arab world and internationally.
The film will premiere on March 8 at 10 PM.