Everest bid abandoned by Johannesburg’s Saray Khumalo

It was third time unlikely for Saray Khumalo‚ who had hoped to plant the South African flag on Mount Everest to become the first black African woman to summit the world’s highest mountain.

The Zambian born climber who lives in Johannesburg experienced difficulties when she climbed from the South Col (Camp 4) to the summit‚ her Facebook page said on Thursday. She was helped down the mountain by Asian Trekking.

“She was evacuated per helicopter earlier this morning to the hospital in Kathmandu where she is being treated for health issues due to exposure.”

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Saray Khumalo

Saray Khumalo 2014. Photo Facebook


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