Aussie teen makes for Everest
Mountaineer Alyssa Azar, 17, is aiming to become the youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest this season.
The ambitious teen from Toowoomba has been working towards the world’s highest peak for several years, climbing both Mount Manaslu in Nepal (8,100 metres) and Mount Aconagua in Argentina (6,960 metres) in the past six months.
She said: “I’m not that fussed about the records or holding the title of being the youngest person to achieve something, I just love to climb mountains and test myself.”
Azar was just 10 years old when she first trekked to Everest base camp, and had ticked off the 10 highest peaks in Australia by the age of 12.
“It’s when I’m out against nature that I seem to have the most fun, I’m so excited to finally be at the doorstep of my climb,” she added.
The youngster will fly out to Nepal at the end of March and plans to release a book charting her adventures in July.
Last year more than 650 people, including six Australians, reached the summit of Everest.
Nepalese authorities have proposed measures to ease congestion on Everest in recent weeks, including removing the group discount on climbing fees and leasing the country’s lesser known peaks to private operators.
Follow Alyssa’s progress at alyssaazar.com.au