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Tanzanian becomes youngest African to reach Mount Everest peak

Tanzanian becomes youngest African to reach Mount Everest peak

A Tanzanian girl, Rawan Dakik, has broken a record by becoming the youngest lady in Africa to climb to the top of the world’s highest mountain-the Everest.

Dakik (20) started the final push on May 15th and yesterday made it to the 8849.868 metres above sea level and put the Tanzanian flag at the peak.

Her tedious mission saw her on Camp One, Two and Three from 16th May and started the toughest task on Wednesday.

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Senior Assistant Commissioner of Conservation - Corporate Communications, Mr Pascal Shelutete yesterday shared the good news of the Tanzanian conquering the Everest.

"Rawan Dakik from Tanzania has successfully summited the last peak of Mount Everest (8,850 metres) this morning (Sunday).

According to the news posted on the IMG blog which organized her trip, Rawan was the only Tanzanian on the list," posted Commissioner Shelutete.

An earlier message released last week about the task reads: "The real task ahead of her will be on 20th May where she is expected to arrive on camp 4 and start the summit challenge to the last peak, a push that will take her almost ten hours."

Ms Dakik was said to be in good health, high morale and was hoping to reach the peak as planned and rightly she did.

With the last hiking round, Tanzania's fame on different accounts was set for the newest heights as a daughter of its soil, Dakik stayed on course on her mission.

She successfully completed her second rotation at 7200 metres above sea level last week and was waiting for good weather to reach the summit.

The first rotation was of 6,400 metres that took her four days from Everest base camp that is on 5,300 metres.

Recently, Ms Dakik who hails from Arusha, was quoted as saying: "Normally it takes about two months to climb Mount Everest; this is the time when the weather is favorable for climbing."

Mount Everest is still the ultimate mountaineering adventure.

To stand at the pinnacle of the earth is one of life's most rewarding experiences and now it has attracted the first Tanzanian climber who is already in Nepal on the mission that will decorate her and the country.

An attempt on Everest is a committing undertaking which requires a huge amount of dedication and determination.

She was doing fine, while last week on the mountain, two people – a Swiss and an American succumbed to death - the first fatalities of this year's season. Eleven people died while climbing the world's highest peak in 2019, with four deaths blamed on overcrowding.

On Saturday fear engulfed some quarters regarding the hikers, because of tales of bad weather at the Everest. It was reported that there was uncertain weather and heavy snowfall, making for a nail-biting end to the Everest season.

There was a prospect of worsening weather this week, followed by the closure of the route on May 28th that triggered a massive push.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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