Saudi seniors reach Everest base camp

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The group of 16 Saudis made the 15-day journey to the base camp on the south side of the mountain. (Twitter)
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The group of 16 Saudis made the 15-day journey to the base camp on the south side of the mountain. (Twitter)
Updated 15 July 2019

Saudi seniors reach Everest base camp

  • The group of 16 Saudis made the 15-day journey to the base camp on the south side of the mountain
  • The team celebrated their success at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Kathmandu

RIYADH: A group of intrepid Saudi explorers have braved adversity and danger to make the impressive trek up to Everest base camp in Nepal. But this triumphant team was not made up of average mountain climbers: The latest group of Saudi citizens to hoist the flag was made up primarily of senior citizens and retirees.

Organized by tourist agency Akam Al-Jazerah, the group of 16 Saudis made a 15-day journey through valleys, under waterfalls and over bridges to reach the Everest base camp on the south side of the mountain. Upon reaching the impressive 5,364 meter mark, they raised the Saudi flag and also performed the Athan, or the Islamic call to prayer.

Despite a few health issues, with some of the climbers losing consciousness during the journey, they managed to soldier on after receiving first aid, and the whole team successfully reached the base camp.

The team later celebrated their success at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they were given certificates to mark their achievement.

Whilst several news outlets incorrectly reported that the team had reached the summit of Everest, which stands at 8,848 meters, reaching base camp is still a remarkable achievement especially considering the ages of the climbers and their health status.

Climbing Everest is a dangerous undertaking, which explains why, in the history of mountain climbing, only 4,833 different people have made it to the summit, according to the Himalayan Database. The database also states 288 people have died attempting it.

However, reaching base camp is a less strenuous task, with many experts saying it is reachable by anyone healthy enough to walk 3-6 hours uphill a day while carrying a decent-sized pack.


King Salman leads Saudi official condemnations of Florida attacks

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King Salman leads Saudi official condemnations of Florida attacks

  • King orders Saudi security agencies to cooperate with US investigators to bring about a speedy resolution to the incident

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman called US President Donald J. Trump Friday night to express his deep sorrow and grief over the Florida shooting of a number of American citizens by a Saudi student.
"The king extended his sincere condolences and sympathies to the President and to the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded," the Saudi Press Agency reported.
"The king also affirmed that the perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people who respect and appreciate the American people," the report said.
King Salman also assured President Trump of Saudi Arabia's support to the US and told him that directives had been issued to Saudi security agencies to fully cooperate with the US security agencies in their investigations to get to the bottom of the incident.

Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said: “My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to the American people, and to the families of those impacted by the tragedy that unfolded at Pensacola.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar said her thoughts are with the families of those effected by the shooting.