A Queensland teenager has finally realised her dream of becoming the youngest Australian to conquer Mount Everest.
19-year-old Alyssa Azar from Toowoomba reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain late on Saturday, with loved ones confirming the news via Facebook.
“We can confirm that Alyssa has successfully summited Mt Everest,” the statement reads.
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“This has been a goal she has been determined to achieve for several years.”
Alyssa had tried to complete the tough climb twice in the last two years, but was hampered by poor weather.
“Alyssa has had her share of set backs but has never waivered in her determination. However the journey is not over for her.”
“The descent off the mountain is equally as challenging, it will be a couple of days before she is back into base camp.”
Alyssa’s news came amid the tragic confirmation, two climbers, including one Australian, had died on the mountain as a result of altitude sickness.