Saray Khumalo became the first black African woman to reach the top of Mount Everest on Thursday, 16 May 2019.
Born in Zambia, with Rwandan bloodline & now a South African, Khumalo managed to summit Everest after 3 failed attempts in 2014, 2015 & 2016.
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.
Less than 5,000 people have scaled the peak since the first summit in 1953. Everest, the world’s highest peak, is 8,848 metres above sea level.