JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Saray Khumalo has reached the top of the world, becoming the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest.
It was fourth time lucky for Khumalo, whose three previous attempts failed due to external factors, including in 2015 when an earthquake struck Nepal.
South African President Cyril Ramapahosa was all praises for Saray N’kusi Khumalo who finally conquered the mountain on Thursday morning, managing to ascend nearly 9,000m above sea level.
“She reminds us that through courage and perseverance, we can achieve our highest ambitions, for the greater good of humanity,” President Ramaphosa tweeted.
Khumalo’s friend Erika Gibson has been tracking her journey throughout the night and said that she was a remarkable woman.
“Emotionally it is very, very tough but she is a tough lady and she is an absolute warrior. I’ve watched her overcome so many problems.”
Four people have already died this season alone while trying to summit Mount Everest due to altitude conditions.