Saray Khumalo has made history by becoming the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest.
The Zambia-born Johannesburg resident ascended nearly 9 000 meters above sea level. It was her fourth try to climb the mountain – after previous attempts failed due to external factors.
Fellow Mountaineer, Deshun Deysel, says there’s a huge buzz around Khumalo’s achievement.
“One of the realities of climbing high altitudes is you come across people who have tried it 3; 4; 5 times. It’s lucky if someone gets to the summit on the first time. There is a huge amount of physical and mental prep that goes into it and also an endeavour that requires an amount of financial support.”