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Lebanese national Tima Deryan recalls how she scaled Everest in 2019 amid a record number of deaths. After two challenging months spent climbing and training at base camp, her historic climb makes her the first woman from Lebanon and youngest Arab to reach the summit. Emily Wither reports.

On Dubai POV, CNN goes beyond the sandy beaches, skyscrapers and seven-star luxury to discover the city through the eyes of those who know it best: Tima Deryan guides us through Hatta, an exclave of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It lies about 134km to the south-east of Dubai, located high in the Hajar Mountains.

Tima Deryan talks about her mountaineering journey, how to start mountain climbing, and what it takes to be well equipped to practice the sport on Sky news Arabia morning show.

Tima Deryan gives a quick brief on her Everest expedition and talks on the morning show “sabah al khair ya arab” about how Arab youth and women can achieve anything.

Titled as “Lebanese woman makes history for her country by climbing Everest.” Tima shares a summary of her Everest expedition during one of the deadliest seasons and paves the way for Arab youth to go after their goals. 


The morning show presenters discuss Tima Deryan’s Everest achievement and share details and footage on how she made it to the top of the world to represent Arab youth and women. 

Full interview of Tima Deryan answering your questions around her life journey and expedition to Everest. Tima also discusses the role of youth and women in the Arab world and the responsibility of each person with a talent and/or a goal to pursue it and contribute to a better world.   

News presenter discusses Tima Deryan’s Everest expedition and Tima shares the details of the mountains through her experience and sets her sight on the next challenge.

MTV Lebanon Prime Time News shares snippets of Tima Deryan’s Everest expedition and reports on how she became the first Lebanese women to make it to the summit.

Al Jadeed network reports on Tima Deryan’s Everest experience, shares details on the crowded summit night and the tragic events that took place on the 22nd of May 2019.


Full interview of Tima Deryan on Future TV where she covers in detail how she managed to live for 2 months on the mountain, overcame obstacles and sickness to reach the summit of Everest. 

Mount Everest is considered one of the hardest and deadliest mountains in the world to climb, and Tima Deryan managed to be the youngest Arab and first Lebanese woman to summit it. Tima shares how she overcame various challenges to achieve her dream. She also discusses the impact of her work on inspiring the next generation and women to go after their goals as well as the importance of representing the Arab world across the world throughout her mountaineering journey.

Tima Deryan: First Lebanese women to defy the summit of Everest

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Tima Deryan, the young Lebanese who is climbing (all) the highest mountains in the world

Tima Deryan: Arab mountaineer defies role of women by climbing highest mountains on each continent

Adidas Launches a Middle East Exclusive Featuring Tima Deryan

UAE residents who scaled Everest
Tima Deryan The First Lebanese Woman to Climb Everest on Achieving Her Goals and Helping Others

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Dubai resident, Fatima Deryan, is first Lebanese woman to scale Everest

Beirut explosion: first Lebanese woman to climb Everest helps in aftermath

Official Everest Database: May 22 07:27 Ms. Fatima Deryan (Lebanon)

Mountainsgipsy (Tima Deryan) On Everest

Stairway to Heaven: Tima’s training ground for high altitude mountains including the 7 summits 

La forte alpinista araba Tima Deryan tenterà l’Everest

The Lebanese, Tima Deryan, conquers the Everest Adventure

Tima Deryan on top of Everest: “I didn’t expect what happened and I struggled on the way back”

First Lebanese and Arab woman to summit the highest active volcano

A Proud Day For Lebanon! This Dubai Lady Is The Country’s First Female To Climb Everest

Woman from Dubai conquer Mount Everest

Dubai mountaineer contracts virus while climbing Nepal peak

Fatima Deryan: The First Lebanese Woman to Scale Everest

Tima Deryan: Strong Arab woman heading for Everest

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Listen as we discuss: The amazing principle of acclimatization. The incredible Sherpas of Nepal. How Tima contracted COVID-19 in the midst of a climb at 5,000m and kept trying. Discovering your passion and how it keeps you moving forward effortlessly. The importance of spending time alone and learning. Her 1 remaining of the 7 summits: the highest, coldest, and furthest in Antarctica. The undiscovered and underfunded talent in the Middle East.

Tough Girl Podcast

Tima grew up traveling the world collecting bungee jumps and memories of nature and extreme sports. She pursued her licenses in skydiving and advanced scuba-diving but for her, nothing compares to being in the mountains. When on Elbrus, her first summit, Tima knew that this was not yet another hobby; but a natural and essential aspect of her life. It’s where her soul sparkles and her light shines where she feels the best version of herself. So, it was no surprise that she decided to focus on mountaineering.

The Armchair Explorer podcast

Tima Deryan is the first Lebanese woman to summit Everest. Follow her journey step-by-step and learn what it feels like to climb the tallest mountain in the world. It’s a story about freedom; it’s a story about women’s rights and it’s a story about one woman’s determination to live her dreams.

Iron Ladies

In this episode Tima and I talk about being the first Lebanese woman to climb Mount Everest, what her experience was like, how she got into the sport of Mountaineering and what her next steps are.

Life beat – Pulse 95

October is breast cancer awareness month and we hear the story of two extraordinary fighters: Tania Abiad has overcome breast cancer twice and fitness model Max Fardan tells his story of surviving the disease. Inspired by their courageous battles and many others, the first Lebanese woman to summit Mt Everest Tima Deryan is leading a hike at Wadi Shawka in support of those affected by the illness. Tima, Tania and Max as well as Dr Tamer Fady, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Mediclinic join Sally to tell their stories and shed light on breast cancer.

The Kevin Abdulrahman podcast

Youngest Arab To Summit Mount Everest – Tima Deryan With Kevin Abdulrahman. Tima, an entrepreneur, an aspiring motivational speaker, and leader of mentorship programs for the youth and women shares her life story with the audience. She addresses men and women, young or old and shows how there is no summit that can’t be conquered, in any aspect of your life if you’re willing to do whatever it is takes.

Inner Fight podcast – The 7-summit challenge

Meet the Arab woman mountaineer that is pushing the limits of the human body in extreme conditions and taking things to new heights. Tune in to listen  Tima answer questions like:
What drove her to mountaineering?
What is the 7-summit challenge?
What are the challenges of mountaineering?
What drives her to climb?

Inner Fight podcast – Summiting Mt Everest

Some of you may remember Tima from when she shared with us her “7 Summit Challenge” with us. Well here she is back on the show as she has just conquered perhaps the greatest of them all…Mount Everest. Tima is as full of energy in this show as she was the last time she was on, perhaps more as she has just done something amazing.

In this show she takes us step by step up the mountain and it literally is gripping the way that she delivers her story. We also ask her about how this seasons events on Everest were covered in the media with regards to the increased numbers of deaths and the number of people causing human traffic jams in vital places.


Jibber With Jaber podcast

AJ is joined in the studio by Tima Deryan AKA Mountain gipsy. this incredible woman has achieved so much ascending 19 peaks, being the youngest Arab woman to summit Mount Everest, skydiver, scuba diver and much more! we talk all about what peaked her interest and made her want to climb Everest and talk about all f the ups and downs she faced on the expedition. we discuss her passion in being a role model for young women and what she wishes to further achieve. Tima was chosen to participate on the show the astronaut and talks about her experience. She is currently aiming to complete the 7 challenge and we talk about how she is going about raising the funding for this epic journey.

7 tips on surviving quarantine
from a woman who ‘self-isolated’
on Mount Everest

It’s a quarantine day… Can you see the summit yet?

Quarantine Day __? Can you see the summit yet?

I was in a similar situation during the same time last year. The journey to Everest entails being on the mountain for about 2 months. Picture being isolated from the outside world away from family and friends, sometimes connected- other times not, living in a tent in extreme conditions, with a mere handful of food variety, and oblivious to what the next day will be like.

Not to forget, if by any chance you catch a cold, most of the expedition will be jeopardized leaving you behind. You get isolated; the rest of the team stays away from you at all times. During meals, you will be left eating alone in a different tent to avoid spreading the virus.
Sounds enough like quarantine?

We are all in quarantine now, perhaps in fancier conditions- for some.

Some of us are complaining and some are embracing, some are productive, and others are not, some are alone while some are craving a quiet zone, some need a push and some need a pull. Most are counting their blessings and some are in the process of assessing, some can’t wait to reunite and others just lost that appetite, some are losing their jobs and most are fighting against all odds, some are considering a break up while some are wishing to wake up next to each other. We are in this pandemic together, even if you are in a different part of the world, on a different time zone, you are still equally responsible. What is asked of us is universal: STAY HOME to SAVE LIVES. Might as well act responsibly for humanity to reach the same goal/summit which is overcoming COVID19.
What each and every one of us is going through is OKAY as we are all in the process of climbing the same mountain- even though we might be climbing different facets, with different climbing skills and different ways of coping with various conditions.

That being said, I’d like to share the main takeaways from my experience on Everest that can be applied during this quarantine period.

1– Self-love and appreciation – We live in a fast-paced world and most of us are always racing against time to get what we want or provide for those we love. Being on an expedition in the mountains usually slows down or pauses my normal life, allowing me to focus on myself and to simply appreciate “me”. While none of our settings are identical during this quarantine, most of us do have a little bit more of free time than usual. Take full advantage of that. Book an hour in your calendar every day to simply enjoy yourself and express self-love.

2– It’s okay to breakdown – It’s healthy to speak to people around you (luckily in quarantine it’s family and friends). I had my own share of tough moments while climbing Everest and I embraced them. I broke down, maybe more than once, to express and deal with the amount of stress I felt from things like catching a cold to simply being extremely exhausted. But I got back up every time. On that mountain, we were a team and some friends I made became family. They were my shoulder to cry on when I needed it – and it felt good! I also called home to hear the warm voices of my family who showered me with love and encouragement- and, that too, worked!

3- Take it one day at a time – not knowing what the plan is for the next day is frustrating but being always prepared is a good idea. On the mountain, the weather forecast is what determines what we do and when we do it, and sometimes that same forecast turns out to be wrong. The change in plans might happen just 30 minutes before we take off, so uncertainty is a major factor on the mountains. Always having multiple plans is a good idea to coop with such situations. I encourage you to reflect and create your own plan A, B, C & D.

4- Remember that this is TEMPORARY – just like all situations in life, it’s an impermanent phase that will come to an end so try to make the best out of it. During my summit day at 2:00am in the morning at about 8,500m of altitude climbing in a -30 degrees environment with an oxygen mask on my face , I was contemplating on life and thinking “WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I DOING” but what kept me going was positive self-talk and self-assurance that this is only temporary and that it will be over soon. It’s a great way to bring you back to your main purpose and goals and remind you of your true mindset.

5- Make a schedule – somedays were long and some were short. Time flew while climbing but during downtime the wait was painful. With a schedule in place, I would plan the day around my meals (which was the most exciting part of the day). Even brushing my teeth was an activity!
While at home, a schedule to keep you on track is a great way to start off the day, the moment you tick off even the first 2 things on the list, you’ll feel much more in control of your time.

6- Music, Dancing, & Laughing – hearing an avalanche falling close by became entertaining with some background music! Dancing my way through the climb made it easier and shared oxygen bottles pranks became hilarious!
Having music in the background is always entertaining while at home, you never know when you pop your move. Read, watch or think of something funny because laughter is a real game changer.

7- Gratitude – Focus on counting your blessing and look at what you have instead of what you don’t have. Realize that there are people that are in far worse situations. When I had to go to lower altitude to recover from my bronchitis while on medication, I really struggled the first 2 days thinking about how everyone else is doing much better than I was, and kept complaining about my situation. When I went to the clinic for a check-up, I came across a guy with frostbitten fingers who had to call off his expedition. Needless to say, I felt extremely lucky and thanked the universe for all my blessings- big or small. 

Always remember that you are not alone. We are all in this together, and it is important to be a great team player given that we are one team aiming for the same goal. For the first time in a century, the focus is on our health and the wellbeing of humans instead of wars and economies. It’s very unusual for the whole world to be in quarantine.

Maybe the universe is telling us something. Maybe Mother Earth needs a break. And maybe You just need to BREATHE.

Enjoy it while it lasts.