Saray Khumalo becomes first black African woman to reach summit of Mount Everest

One African is looking down on all of us today.

Saray Khumalo, a Zambia-born Johannesburg resident, on Thursday morning became the first black African woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, with an elevation of 8,848m. 

“Onwards and upwards,” Summits with a Purpose wrote on its Facebook page.

UPDATE on Saray 9:00 am Nepal - 5:15 am South Africa !!! Everest Summit (8848m) !!! A short while ago Saray N’kusi...

Posted by Summits with a Purpose on Wednesday, 15 May 2019

It was the fourth time lucky for Khumalo, whose previous attempts were thwarted by weather. She abandoned her 2014 attempt after an avalanche killed 16 sherpa. Her 2015 attempt was cut short after a devastating earthquake in Nepal. She reached the mountain’s south summit in 2017, but strong winds and frost bite scuppered her climb.

Khumalo writes on her website: “My dream is to go higher and go further for as long as I breathe. To pave a way for my children and other ordinary people, so we may realise and accept that ordinary people like us can achieve extraordinary heights. To not think too much about the difficulties on the way but keep focused on the end goal and to take their hand, motivate them to realise that they too may dream the impossible dream.” 

Before and after the snow at EBC 2019. A little glimpse into my tent and our camp. Keep stepping ??? #summitswithapurpose #nevergiveup

Posted by Saray N'kusi Khumalo on Sunday, 5 May 2019