On 16 July 2023, Fatima Sajwani, an accomplished mountaineer from the UAE, etched her name in history as the first Emirati woman to conquer the summit of Mont Blanc.

This daring and historic adventure began on 13 July 2023, with Fatima taking approximately four days to reach the peak of the Alps’ highest mountain.

The successful summit of Mont Blanc marks yet another milestone in Fatima’s remarkable climbing career. Having already set significant records for her country in the world of mountaineering, she earned the distinction last year of becoming the first Emirati to ascend Africa’s third-highest and most treacherous summit, Margherita Peak.

Fatima’s journey to the pinnacle of Mont Blanc involved navigating the challenging Aiguille du Goûter Route, which presented icy terrains and demanding scrambling and climbing. After reaching the Goûter Hut at an altitude of 3835m, she had to endure a two-day wait for improved weather conditions before continuing her ascent towards the summit. The final push up through the Dome du Goûter and the Vallot Hut ultimately led Fatima to conquer the summit of Mont Blanc.


Talking about her significant achievement, she said “I am proud to continue the legacy of other great female Emirati sportswomen across diverse fields who have paved the way for me. I am grateful to be able to represent the UAE in mountaineering, a sport in which Middle Eastern athletes are usually underrepresented. My motivation to set new records for my country is fueled by raising my nation’s flag over new peaks and to inspire young Emiratis, especially women, to embrace extreme sports.”

The successful completion of this ambitious ascent is a testament to months of intensive training in the UAE and the meticulous execution of a carefully planned expedition, coupled with favorable weather conditions. Notably, a previous attempt by Fatima to summit Mont Blanc a year ago was interrupted due to sudden and adverse weather changes.

Despite the exhaustion, Fatima Sajwani’s spirits remain high, and she is already setting her sights on her next challenge. Upon returning to the UAE, her plans include rigorous training for Ama Dablam in Nepal, a Himalayan peak renowned for its steep pitches and sharp ridges. With her indomitable spirit and determination, Fatima continues to push the boundaries of mountaineering and inspire others to pursue their dreams.

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