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On May 23rd, 2019 while standing on the roof of the world, Mona Shahab from Saudi Arabia asked me to photograph this ima
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On May 23rd, 2019 while standing on the roof of the world, Mona Shahab from Saudi Arabia asked me to photograph this image of her with a green ice axe that belonged to a very special friend. . The story is unimaginable. Marwa Fayed, wife of my dear friend Omar Samra, tragically passed away due to birth complications. Their daughter Teela survived. This season on Everest, Mona carried Marwa’s ice axe to the top of the world in memory of Marwa while raising funds for disadvantaged children in Egypt. . We have all lost people we love. The pain we experience is often unbearable and yet somehow we must find the strength to accept and move forward while carrying their memory with us, making them visible as often as we can. . Linked in my bio is the two-minute film I produced that tells Mona’s story while climbing Everest, to honor a friend and to do her part in making a difference. Their story is a beautiful portrait of humanity in all of its impermanent complexity and beauty. . . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #marwafayed#everest2019#himalayas#Canon#shotoftheday#dreamsbecomingreality#travel #thedreamofeverest#Lebanon #SaudiArabia #Nepal#Khumbu #eliasaikaly@monakshahab@marwafayedstoyrun@omarsamra#arabsxeverest2019 #thedreamofeverest#shemovesmountains@blackdiamond@wildguanabana@dreamaat_co

Chasing stories high above the clouds.
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Chasing stories high above the clouds. . It all begins with a leap. The unappealing cliff of uncertainty where the fall feels infinite. Looking into the void, the risks can seem illogical and the certain path you’ve traveled that led you to the edge often feels like the most comfortable choice. . But what if there was a world unknown waiting to be explored? Where all it would take is a single leap of faith. . 14 years ago, I got a taste of adventure. Armed with my camera and my curious spirit, I was unexpectedly overcome with awe, wonder and a feeling that took control over every cell of my body. I wasn’t a climber, I was a creator. But on a very different path. It was unbearable to wake up every day after returning from that first trip to Nepal and wonder: What if I could I shape a new reality and make this my world? . Undying commitment to making it happen became my mission. I jumped off the cliff and said: to hell with it. Doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. I don’t care what anyone says. The people closest to me who tried to dissuade me became fuel for the fire that burned within. Journey after journey, barely scraping by, hitting rock bottom, rebuilding time and time again, landing below sea level in deep holes of my own making, in time, the perseverance paid off. . I often imagine myself sitting as an old man with my cane, trekking through the Himalayas at the age of 85, mindful of the arthritis in my back and my wobbly knees, looking over at the warriors next to me who survived the crazy journey of life, smiling inside. Thinking: how great is it that we lived without wonder and regret. That a life filled with passion, purpose, love, adventure and contribution was chosen above all else. . When life is calling, only we can answer. . . . . . Story by 📸@eliasaikaly . . . . Forgetting featured use hashtag #thegreathimalyas . . . . . . . . . #thedreamofeverest#lifeiscalling #Everest#summitclimb#8848#Sherpa#topoftheworld#nepal#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#global_shotz#global4nature#exploretocreate#explore#expedition#8000m #dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon#voyaged#natgeo #mountaineering#adventure#adventurephotography

Photo by @eliasaikaly The knife-edge ridge below the summit of Everest.
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Photo by @eliasaikalyThe knife-edge ridge below the summit of Everest. . A cornice is an overhanging edge of snow on a ridge or crest of a mountain. On Everest, this ridge towers freely over Nepal and Tibet. It’s mesmerizing to take in with your own eyes and can be intimidating as the path to the top is less than two feet wide. . Because of the volume of climbers this year and the responsibility I had of filming the expedition, I was making decisions every 5 seconds while navigating it to determine how I was going to get the shots I needed, while working with the speed of ascent which was quite fast. . Imagine, the strongest of Sherpas were setting the pace for our team, thinking only of everyone’s safety including their own. It was a game of shoot and run. Insert battery, roll camera, remove battery and race ahead. At one point, not wanting to slow anyone down, I climbed up on the cornice just off the path and @garrettmadison1 whoobserved this quickly said: ‘Careful. I wouldn’t climb too high as it might break off.’ . This is a close up of one of the ribs of the formidable and iconic obstacle you must overcome while climbing at the altitude of 747 Jetliner. . When I look at this image I marvel at how crazy humans are to subject themselves to this kind of environment. Dressed in down, struggling to survive, all for the chance to stand on a rock that towers above all else. Where I once thought this was an unattainable dream has oddly now become my comfort zone and work environment. Life is a such wild ride of infinite possibly. #itshimalayas . . . #Everest #summitclimb #8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019 #himalayas #earth #adventure#explore #travel #thedreamofeverest ##himalayanphotofactory #healhimalayas #Canada #Nepal #Khumbu#himachalisluv#wanderingpahadan#himachalgram#himalayasjoy#thevisualyatra#letsgohimachal#vacationsindia#himachal#himachalpradesh#himachaltourism#himachali

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The knife-edge ridge below the summit of Everest. . . . . . Travel Motivation by - @eliasaikaly . . . Acornice is an overhanging edge of snow on a ridge or crest of a mountain. On Everest, this ridge towers freely over Nepal and Tibet. It’s mesmerizing to take in with your own eyes and can be intimidating as the path to the top is less than two feet wide. . Because of the volume of climbers this year and the responsibility I had of filming the expedition, I was making decisions every 5 seconds while navigating it to determine how I was going to get the shots I needed, while working with the speed of ascent which was quite fast. . Imagine, the strongest of Sherpas were setting the pace for our team, thinking only of everyone’s safety including their own. It was a game of shoot and run. Insert battery, roll camera, remove battery and race ahead. At one point, not wanting to slow anyone down, I climbed up on the cornice just off the path and @garrettmadison1who observed this quickly said: ‘Careful. I wouldn’t climb too high as it might break off.’ . This is a close up of one of the ribs of the formidable and iconic obstacle you must overcome while climbing at the altitude of 747 Jetliner. . When I look at this image I marvel at how crazy humans are to subject themselves to this kind of environment. Dressed in down, struggling to survive, all for the chance to stand on a rock that towers above all else. Where I once thought this was an unattainable dream has oddly now become my comfort zone and work environment. Life is a such wild ride of infinite possibly. . . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#yourclicks_india#_coi#Canada#Nepal#Khumbu#photographers_of_india #eliasaikaly #arabsxeverest2019#world_photography_page #shemovesmountains@mbc1@natgeoabudhabi@discovery@questarabiya@futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mtvlebanon@oman.news@joyceazzam7s@nellyattar@monakshahab@alharthynoor @madisonmtng @discoverycanada

Featuring @eliasaikaly ‘s adventure. .
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Chasing stories high above the clouds.
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Featuring @eliasaikaly‘s adventure. . . Chasing stories high above the clouds. . It all begins with a leap. The unappealing cliff of uncertainty where the fall feels infinite. Looking into the void, the risks can seem illogical and the certain path you’ve traveled that led you to the edge often feels like the most comfortable choice. . But what if there was a world unknown waiting to be explored? Where all it would take is a single leap of faith. . 14 years ago, I got a taste of adventure. Armed with my camera and my curious spirit, I was unexpectedly overcome with awe, wonder and a feeling that took control over every cell of my body. I wasn’t a climber, I was a creator. But on a very different path. It was unbearable to wake up every day after returning from that first trip to Nepal and wonder: What if I could I shape a new reality and make this my world? . Undying commitment to making it happen became my mission. I jumped off the cliff and said: to hell with it. Doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. I don’t care what anyone says. The people closest to me who tried to dissuade me became fuel for the fire that burned within. Journey after journey, barely scraping by, hitting rock bottom, rebuilding time and time again, landing below sea level in deep holes of my own making, in time, the perseverance paid off. . I often imagine myself sitting as an old man with my cane, trekking through the Himalayas at the age of 85, mindful of the arthritis in my back and my wobbly knees, looking over at the warriors next to me who survived the crazy journey of life, smiling inside. Thinking: how great is it that we lived without wonder and regret. That a life filled with passion, purpose, love, adventure and contribution was chosen above all else. . When life is calling, only we can answer. . Use #genesisadventures/ tag @genesis.adventuresto get featured. . . #thedreamofeverest#lifeiscalling #Everest#summitclimb#8848#Sherpa#topoftheworld#nepal#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#explore#expedition#8000m #dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon#voyaged #mountaineering#adventure#adventurephotography#Everest2019

Chasing stories high above the clouds.
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It all begins with a leap. The unappealing cliff of uncertainty where the fall
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Chasing stories high above the clouds. . It all begins with a leap. The unappealing cliff of uncertainty where the fall feels infinite. Looking into the void, the risks can seem illogical and the certain path you’ve traveled that led you to the edge often feels like the most comfortable choice. . But what if there was a world unknown waiting to be explored? Where all it would take is a single leap of faith. . 14 years ago, I got a taste of adventure. Armed with my camera and my curious spirit, I was unexpectedly overcome with awe, wonder and a feeling that took control over every cell of my body. I wasn’t a climber, I was a creator. But on a very different path. It was unbearable to wake up every day after returning from that first trip to Nepal and wonder: What if I could I shape a new reality and make this my world? . Undying commitment to making it happen became my mission. I jumped off the cliff and said: to hell with it. Doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. I don’t care what anyone says. The people closest to me who tried to dissuade me became fuel for the fire that burned within. Journey after journey, barely scraping by, hitting rock bottom, rebuilding time and time again, landing below sea level in deep holes of my own making, in time, the perseverance paid off. . I often imagine myself sitting as an old man with my cane, trekking through the Himalayas at the age of 85, mindful of the arthritis in my back and my wobbly knees, looking over at the warriors next to me who survived the crazy journey of life, smiling inside. Thinking: how great is it that we lived without wonder and regret. That a life filled with passion, purpose, love, adventure and contribution was chosen above all else. . When life is calling, only we can answer. . . #thedreamofeverest#lifeiscalling #Everest#summitclimb#8848#Sherpa#topoftheworld#nepal#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#explore#expedition#8000m #dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon#voyaged#natgeo #mountaineering#adventure#adventurephotography#Everest2019@natgeoadventure@sonyprousa

Thank you Elia for traveling around the world to share our stories ❤️. I cannot wait for the Dream of Everest to come to
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Thank you Elia for traveling around the world to share our stories ❤️. I cannot wait for the Dream of Everest to come together! . #Repost@eliasaikaly ・・・ Diggingdeep at 29, 000ft above sea level. Imagine being just steps away from your ultimate dream. Deeply immersed in flow, not thinking, not feeling, just being - high above the clouds with the world beneath your feet. All of your training, all of your sacrifices, the collective belief of an entire community of family and friends are enabling you every step of the way. This is Nelly Attar from Lebanon/Saudi Arabia just moments away from the top of the world. A few weeks ago I chased her around Riyadh with the cameras, telling her story as part of the ‘Dream of Everest’. It became clear to me just how hard this young woman works. She’s up at 4am, running solo in the streets, training hard in the desert, running up mountains, cycling amongst the dunes, running a business and inspiring a generation of Saudi women along the way. Her life is dedicated to serving others, using dance and movement as a vehicle to lift others up with her. It was no surprise that by the end of the expedition, the hundreds upon hundreds of hours of training paid off as she stepped onto the roof of the world. What I love about what we’re creating here is that it’s not a story about athleticism. Anyone can work hard and achieve a goal. Anyone with enough will, determination and resourcefulness can stand on a summit. What’s special about everyone on this team, in this case Nelly, is that she’s impacting women in Saudi Arabia and in the region in a way that is pushing the boundaries of possibility while respecting the culture. Change does not always require rebellion, change can occur by way of example, in her case - living the message she sends and including others in a very tangible way. We’re fortunate to have her as part of the ‘Dream of Everest’. Step by step, the story is coming together. . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#explore#expedition#8000m#Canon#shotoftheday#dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon #thedreamofeverest#Lebanon

Digging deep at 29, 000ft above sea level.
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Digging deep at 29, 000ft above sea level. . Imagine being just steps away from your ultimate dream. Deeply immersed in flow, not thinking, not feeling, just being - high above the clouds with the world beneath your feet. All of your training, all of your sacrifices, the collective belief of an entire community of family and friends are enabling you every step of the way. . This is Nelly Attar from Lebanon/Saudi Arabia just moments away from the top of the world. . A few weeks ago I chased her around Riyadh with the cameras, telling her story as part of the ‘Dream of Everest’. It became clear to me just how hard this young woman works. She’s up at 4am, running solo in the streets, training hard in the desert, running up mountains, cycling amongst the dunes, running a business and inspiring a generation of Saudi women along the way. Her life is dedicated to serving others, using dance and movement as a vehicle to lift others up with her. It was no surprise that by the end of the expedition, the hundreds upon hundreds of hours of training paid off as she stepped onto the roof of the world. . What I love about what we’re creating here is that it’s not a story about athleticism. Anyone can work hard and achieve a goal. Anyone with enough will, determination and resourcefulness can stand on a summit. What’s special about everyone on this team, in this case Nelly, is that she’s impacting women in Saudi Arabia and in the region in a way that is pushing the boundaries of possibility while respecting the culture. Change does not always require rebellion, change can occur by way of example, in her case - living the message she sends and including others in a very tangible way. . We’re fortunate to have her as part of the ‘Dream of Everest’. Step by step, the story is coming together. . . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#explore#expedition#8000m#Canon#shotoftheday#dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon #thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal#Khumbu#madisonmountaineering #eliasaikaly@monakshahab@nellyattar@joyceazzam7s@alharthynoor

When you are in front of something as beautiful as this landscape and think I have only dreamt of being in this place. T
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When you are in front of something as beautiful as this landscape and think I have only dreamt of being in this place. This is how I felt when I was there but what I did is taking a step forward of where I want to be it’s that simple ❤️.. I wanted to thank each and everyone who made me stand there, my family and my friends #liveyouradventure#mounteverest#mounteverestofficial#nepal#everest#topoftbeworld#saveanimals#dreambecomingreality#thedreamofeverest#expedition#missioneverest#himalayas#explorehimalayas#commonman#1in10m#topoftheworld#8848#summitclimb#dreamof1#dreamofaclimber#chennaiteoneverest#stok#stokkangri#stokrange

Each day there is 100 of questions within myself to answer whether I could successfully complete Mission Everest in 2020
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Each day there is 100 of questions within myself to answer whether I could successfully complete Mission Everest in 2020. The budget of my expedition fund is something I have not even seen in my lifetime which makes me think a lot on this aspects but nothing is going to stop me in the process I would continue to give my 200% towards this project. I get inspired by a lot of people in this world and one of them is @nimsdai. One thing comes to my mind is if he could make his project possible happen then I can do mine as well. I learn a lot from successfully personalities. My team have reached out to more than 50 individuals and company yesterday. Response are neutral “they like the project but they have chosen their influencers for the season” so it means I should wait. No responses and could not even contact few company’s ... Hopefully I find some good hearts who would like to contribute towards this project and make it happen . Doing so I will be the first resident from Chennai/ India and first youngest resident from TamilNadu to have ever climbed the world’s highest peak Mount Everest .. Guys do connect me to potential sponsors or any contact which will lead me to them.. You can also contribute individually by clicking the link in my bio #mounteverest #mountain #mountaineering#everest#everest2020#saveanimals#thedreamofeverest#expedition#missioneverest#commonman#1in10m #dreamofaclimber#chennaiteoneverest

It’s not a perspective that’s often photographed. Some of us at this point are looking north towards the final pyramid o
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It’s not a perspective that’s often photographed. Some of us at this point are looking north towards the final pyramid of Everest or south west towards the summit of Lhotse. In most cases, to the refuge of our tents. . I was sitting alone on this pile of rocks next to camp 4, envious of those who raced to their tents to collapse from the climb, waiting for Mona, the final team member to arrive. It was an emotional story beat that couldn’t be missed that will play out beautifully in the final documentary. . As a filmmaker, you always serve the story. You chase storylines that unfold and make decisions on what story beats are worth pursuing. It becomes more complex at 8000m because your brain is lacking oxygen, you’re on borrowed time while trying to survive. I’m rarely overwhelmed by fatigue because I simply don’t have time for it. The story is all that matters. . There is a process of programming that begins long before the climb. Any pain and discomfort experienced is compartmentalized and absorbed as yet another obstacle. Like the wind, like the frigid and fluctuating temperatures, the queues and those that don’t belong - the exhaustion is a detail you work with, rather than against. A belief you convince your mind is part of the experience, that you absorb, embrace and use as fuel to fire the engine that is your body on all cylinders. . I look back and wonder how I pulled this off without a single day of training or physical preparation. In the high mountains of the Himalaya, on the mountain that reshaped my beliefs, purpose goes much deeper for me in generating the drive and ability to work relentlessly towards an outcome larger than myself. . Thanks to @sherpapkwho captured this very real moment as I waited alone to pull the scene together through the lens. . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#explore#expedition#8000m#Canon#shotoftheday#dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon #thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal#Khumbu#madisonmountaineering #eliasaikaly@monakshahab@nellyattar@joyceazzam7s@alharthynoor#arabsxeveres

And so it’s begun. The creative and overwhelming process of sifting through all of the material we have to arrive at a f
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And so it’s begun. The creative and overwhelming process of sifting through all of the material we have to arrive at a final product and story that makes all of us proud. There are millions of creative possibilities and it’s a daunting task to arrive at the best and most inspiring outcome. I’ve chosen to begin in Oman. . I was spellbound upon arriving just a few weeks ago. All Arab countries I’ve traveled to are special and Oman is no different. It’s a place reminiscent of a fairy tale novel filled with warm, friendly people, historical fortresses and colorful palaces, all surrounded by mountain scenery which can only be described as magical. We raced across the region from Muscat to Jabal Al Akhdar, to the village Nadhirah grew up in, to the mountains she trained on while she quietly kept her Dream of Everest close to her heart. . Nadhirah’s story is one of dreaming outside the lines. Against expectation, she achieved something no woman from her country has ever done before. The seed of the dream was planted, it spoke to her soul and she simply said YES. Whatever it takes. Regardless of the unknowns. The plan was put in place and she realized the dream. . Scene by scene is how I’m approaching the next leg of the journey. Like Everest, like getting to the starting line of any big project, in the same spirit of how this all began, it’s a tiny step at a time that will get us to the finish line. . The creative journey has begun. . . . @anantarajabalakhdar@alharthynoor. . . . #Everest#summitclimb#topoftheworld #everest2019 #adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada #Hijab #eliasaikaly #arabsxeverest2019 #shemovesmountains@mbc1@natgeoabudhabi@discovery @lbcilebanon@mtvlebanon@oman.news@omantvnews@experienceoman@tourofoman@utmboman @omanobserver@mosa_gov_om

Whatever I do I feel it’s a victory whether I do it or not ... the goal I set it’s on me .... tomorrow I am going to rel
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Whatever I do I feel it’s a victory whether I do it or not ... the goal I set it’s on me .... tomorrow I am going to release the Mount Everest sponsorship video and it will be out throughout the globe to c ❤️❤️❤️❤️🧭🔋🔋⏰⏲⏱🧭🧭🎥📹📸📸📼📽 I am so much excited #liveyouradventure#mounteverest#mounteverestofficial#mountaineering#everest#topoftbeworld#everest2020#saveanimals#dreambecomingreality#thedreamofeverest#expedition#missioneverest#climberlife#natureatitsbest#himalayas#explorehimalayas#commonman#1in10m#topoftheworld#8848#summitclimb#dreamof1#dreamofaclimber#chennaiteoneverest

#Repost from @joyceazzam7s. على أعلى قمّة باالعالم، بفتخر إرفع علم لبنان يلّي بيحمل توقيع رئيس جمهوريّتنا العماد ميشال ع
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#Repostfrom @joyceazzam7s.على أعلى قمّة باالعالم، بفتخر إرفع علم لبنان يلّي بيحمل توقيع رئيس جمهوريّتنا العماد ميشال عون يلّي حضن حلمي و يلي بيحمل توقيع دولةرئيس الوزارة سعد الحريري يلي بيدعم المرأة اللبنانية بكل نشاطاتها ويلّي آمن بحلمي ودعمني لتحقيقه لأنّ هالإنجاز مش إنجاز شخصي وبس، هوِّ إنجاز لكل الوطن! @generalmichelaoun @saadhariri .💪🏽🇱🇧 I realized my dream. I reached the summit of Mount Everest at 8,848m. . 📷 from top of the world by @sherpapk . Withthe support of my Peak Performance Sponsor @ambankofficial #joyceazzam#TheDreamOfEverest#peakperformance#cando#YesYouCan#InspireChange#SevenSummits#6down1togo#everestnext#Everest#Lebanesewoman#lebanesemountains@annaharnews@shoufreserve@saadhariri@vksafadi@jreissatifady@eewayleb@naylatuenimaktabi@himayaleb@livelovebeirut@bhebaklebnan@baladnaco@FutureTV@lbcilebanon@beiruting@aljadeedprograms@otvlebanon@france24_ar@the961@beirutcityguide@lorientlejour_olj@dailystarleb@aljoumhouria@mtvlebanon@lbpresidency

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🙏 #Repost@eliasaikaly •• • • • • It’s often in the mind where we win or lose. This is Joyce Azzam from Lebanon digging deep on her way to the top of the world. . Anyone can stand on the summit of a mountain. With enough will power, determination and resourcefulness, even the highest of summits are within reach. What’s far more impressive and important for me is what we do with our accomplishments. Who we impact. How we contribute. Why we climb. And who we climb for. . Joyce’s quest to become the first Lebanese woman to climb the 7 Summits is a six and a half year journey that was realized this spring. Her WHY extends far beyond her own ambitions. . Born and raised during the war in Lebanon, Joyce emerges from incredibly humble beginnings. We visited the bunker she and her family hid out in while bombs and bullets slammed across buildings and city streets. Her upbringing is far more complex than most realize and to see how far she’s come, how self-made she is, how little support she received and how much she struggled to acquire her PhD while climbing the world’s tallest mountains, is nothing short of inspiring. . Resistance was at every turn, from traditional Lebanese parents who misunderstood her ambition to challenges of the body which most are unaware of. Joyce bravely shares her journey with students of the same social class in Lebanon and supports the most vulnerable children. It’s been an honor to tell her story and a privilege to include it in our documentary. . For Joyce, failure is not an option. The will of the mind and the desires of the heart and soul when trusted can overcome the greatest of challenges. She achieved a dream she was not given permission to realize. And yet she did it anyway. . A role model for us all and an example of chasing purpose and living outside the lines of expectation for the betterment of a nation. . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal @eliasaikaly @joyceazzam7s #arabsxeverest2019@futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mbc1@saadhariri@ambankofficial@level8center@garrettmadison1

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#Repost@eliasaikaly •• • • • • It’s often in the mind where we win or lose. This is Joyce Azzam from Lebanon digging deep on her way to the top of the world. . Anyone can stand on the summit of a mountain. With enough will power, determination and resourcefulness, even the highest of summits are within reach. What’s far more impressive and important for me is what we do with our accomplishments. Who we impact. How we contribute. Why we climb. And who we climb for. . Joyce’s quest to become the first Lebanese woman to climb the 7 Summits is a six and a half year journey that was realized this spring. Her WHY extends far beyond her own ambitions. . Born and raised during the war in Lebanon, Joyce emerges from incredibly humble beginnings. We visited the bunker she and her family hid out in while bombs and bullets slammed across buildings and city streets. Her upbringing is far more complex than most realize and to see how far she’s come, how self-made she is, how little support she received and how much she struggled to acquire her PhD while climbing the world’s tallest mountains, is nothing short of inspiring. . Resistance was at every turn, from traditional Lebanese parents who misunderstood her ambition to challenges of the body which most are unaware of. Joyce bravely shares her journey with students of the same social class in Lebanon and supports the most vulnerable children. It’s been an honor to tell her story and a privilege to include it in our documentary. . For Joyce, failure is not an option. The will of the mind and the desires of the heart and soul when trusted can overcome the greatest of challenges. She achieved a dream she was not given permission to realize. And yet she did it anyway. . A role model for us all and an example of chasing purpose and living outside the lines of expectation for the betterment of a nation. . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal @eliasaikaly @joyceazzam7s #arabsxeverest2019 #shemovesmountain@futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mbc1@saadhariri@ambankofficial@level8center@madis

It’s often in the mind where we win or lose. This is Joyce Azzam from Lebanon digging deep on her way to the top of the
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It’s often in the mind where we win or lose. This is Joyce Azzam from Lebanon digging deep on her way to the top of the world. . Anyone can stand on the summit of a mountain. With enough will power, determination and resourcefulness, even the highest of summits are within reach. What’s far more impressive and important for me is what we do with our accomplishments. Who we impact. How we contribute. Why we climb. And who we climb for. . Joyce’s quest to become the first Lebanese woman to climb the 7 Summits is a six and a half year journey that was realized this spring. Her WHY extends far beyond her own ambitions. . Born and raised during the war in Lebanon, Joyce emerges from incredibly humble beginnings. We visited the bunker she and her family hid out in while bombs and bullets slammed across buildings and city streets. Her upbringing is far more complex than most realize and to see how far she’s come, how self-made she is, how little support she received and how much she struggled to acquire her PhD while climbing the world’s tallest mountains, is nothing short of inspiring. . Resistance was at every turn, from traditional Lebanese parents who misunderstood her ambition to challenges of the body which most are unaware of. Joyce bravely shares her journey with students of the same social class in Lebanon and supports the most vulnerable children. It’s been an honor to tell her story and a privilege to include it in our documentary. . For Joyce, failure is not an option. The will of the mind and the desires of the heart and soul when trusted can overcome the greatest of challenges. She achieved a dream she was not given permission to realize. And yet she did it anyway. . A role model for us all and an example of chasing purpose and living outside the lines of expectation for the betterment of a nation. . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal @eliasaikaly @joyceazzam7s #arabsxeverest2019 #shemovesmountain@futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mbc1@saadhariri@ambankofficial@level8center@madisonmtng

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Mona Shahab from Saudi Arabia just beneath camp 4 on Mt.Everest.
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From Beirut at 350am, to Madrid, to Amsterdam to Leid
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Mona Shahab from Saudi Arabia just beneath camp 4 on Mt.Everest. . From Beirut at 350am, to Madrid, to Amsterdam to Leiden, all in the last 48 hrs. Just like on Everest, it’s been a heck of a ride in production keeping up with the team of Arab women who successfully summited the mountain this spring. With Mona’s backstory now complete, we are almost officially wrapped production. . Barely 5’1, Mona is petite yet powerful. She’s one of the hardest working women I’ve ever met. Somehow she manages to pursue her PhD in the Netherlands, work with her trauma survivor patients as a psychologist and therapist, balance her training, family and social life while climbing the world’s tallest mountains. Born in Saudi Arabia, she’s traveled extraordinary lengths to shape the life she lives today. She’s humble and kind, hides from the limelight, climbs for causes close to her heart and thinks of everyone but herself. We filmed Mona’s story in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and in Europe and to put it rather simply: Mona’s story inspires. . In this scene in the documentary Mona had us all worried. We all have bad days on the mountain and this was one of Mona’s. I doubled back with the cameras from Camp 4 at 7900m to find her on her own, pressing on, relentlessly, one step at a time with no sign of giving up. I’m excited to share this part of the story on screen as her comeback was extraordinary. When I asked her how she did it, she’s simply tapped her temple and said: it’s all in the mind. . Teamwork all the way on this segment. Thanks for everything @monakshahab,we’re almost at the production finish line on ‘The Dream of Everest’. . . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#beautifulearth#adventure#explore#expedition#8000m#Canon#shotoftheday#dreamsbecomingreality#travel#shotoncanon #thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal#Khumbu#madisonmountaineering #eliasaikaly@monakshahab@nellyattar@joyceazzam7s@alharthynoor#arabsxeverest2019 #thedreamofeverest#mountaingirls#shemovesmountains

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The knife-edge ridge below the summit of Everest.⠀
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at #Everest⠀(Wordsand photo by: @eliasaikaly) -⠀ Theknife-edge ridge below the summit of Everest.⠀ .⠀ A cornice is an overhanging edge of snow on a ridge or crest of a mountain. On Everest, this ridge towers freely over Nepal and Tibet. It’s mesmerizing to take in with your own eyes and can be intimidating as the path to the top is less than two feet wide.⠀ .⠀ This is a close up of one of the ribs of the formidable and iconic obstacle you must overcome while climbing at the altitude of 747 Jetliner.⠀ .⠀ When I look at this image I marvel at how crazy humans are to subject themselves to this kind of environment. Dressed in down, struggling to survive, all for the chance to stand on a rock that towers above all else. Where I once thought this was an unattainable dream has oddly now become my comfort zone and work environment. Life is a such wild ride of infinite possibly. - @eliasaikaly⠀ -⠀ ↠@wander.next⠀ -⠀ -⠀ ↠Follow + Tag your posts for a chance to get featured on @wander.next⠀ -⠀ -⠀ ↠DMlink of a great post to get a shoutout when we feature it⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #WanderNext⠀ #summitclimb#topoftheworld#nepal#everest2019#himalayas#thedreamofeverest⠀ #mountainphotography⠀ #instanature⠀ #mountainclimbing⠀ #roamtheplanet⠀ #nature_good⠀ #mountainside#mountaineers#mountain_world#highonhimalayas#explorehimalayas#himalayandiaries#everesttrek⠀ #everestregion⠀ #peoplewhoadventure#mountainsarecalling#goatworthy#mountainlifestyle⠀ #mountainhardwear⠀ #takerisks#courage⠀ #risksworthtaking⠀ #tibet

Recognising Oman's best, we are proud to welcome and celebrate Nadhira Al Harthy @alharthynoor , the first Omani woman t
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Recognising Oman's best, we are proud to welcome and celebrate Nadhira Al Harthy @alharthynoor, the first Omani woman to climb Mt. Everest. Pictured here with our General Manager, Dagmar Symes, Nadhira visited our resort to film parts of the documentary "The Dream of Everest" by Elia Saikaly @eliasaikaly

Chasing sunsets in Lebanon for the ‘Dream of Everest’.
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Chasing sunsets in Lebanon for the ‘Dream of Everest’. . It was an emotional day today in Lebanon as I visited the village my late father was born in. I carried his photo with me, shared time with family, banked some content for the documentary in the event I need it to contextualize why this project and story was so important for me to tell. I have a feeling there may be one additional unexpected layer to this mini saga and visiting Kfarmishky was an absolute must. . It’ll be a short trip here in the homeland, a meaningful and important one as backstory production on ‘The Dream of Everest’ continues... . . . #Lebanon#everest2019 #RememberingDad#adventure#explore#travel#akfarmishky#thedreamofeverest #Canada #eliasaikaly #arabsxeverest2019 #shemovesmountains @futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mtvlebanon

The South Summit of Mt. Everest. Panorama shot 2/3.
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Higher than any other point on the planet, the South Summit leads
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The South Summit of Mt. Everest. Panorama shot 2/3. . Higher than any other point on the planet, the South Summit leads you to the final ridge, the Hillary Step and the true summit of Mt. Everest. . This year, we arrived the moment darkness was devoured by the early morning rays of light. The purple and pink mist suddenly transformed into a wide open crystal clear skyline gifting us with the most extraordinary view on our climb to the top of the world. . Where we once looked up at the giants above us, we were now staring down at the throne-room of the heavens. A forest of mountains. A kingdom beneath us. Existing on the edge of space on borrowed time fulfilling the wildest of dreams. . The Dream of Everest. . The Dream fulfilled. . . . . #Everest#summitclimb#8848 #topoftheworld#nepal #everest2019#himalayas#earth#adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada#Nepal#Khumbu#Hijab #eliasaikaly #arabsxeverest2019 #shemovesmountains@mbc1@natgeoabudhabi@discovery@questarabiya@futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mtvlebanon@oman.news@joyceazzam7s@nellyattar@monakshahab@alharthynoor @sherpapk@madisonmtng . 📷& ✍🏻: IG @eliasaikaly#repost

The ‘Dream of Everest’ back story production in Oman.
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It’s been a roller coaster ride for the past 12 days. From Canad
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The ‘Dream of Everest’ back story production in Oman. . It’s been a roller coaster ride for the past 12 days. From Canada to Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Dammam, Muscat, the mountains of Oman, desert dunes, camel trails, canyons, summits, villages and more. . I’ve slept an average of 3-4 hrs a night with 14-18 hr production days. It’s been intense and it’s not over yet. . To my teammates and the cast of the Dream of Everest: this would not be possible without you. @alharthynoor@monakshahab@nellyattarand @joyceazzam7s- Thank you for facilitating the many locations and shoots, opening up your lives and hearts and being so open to sharing your stories from ‘home to Everest’. . Saudi Arabia was a first. Oman was a Dream and Lebanon is home. I’ll be in Beirut in the morning and the day isn’t quite over yet. The hospitality, kindness and generosity in this region is overwhelming. Very grateful for the support in the pursuit of the completion of our documentary. . Special thank you to @anantarajabalakhdarfor supporting us while chasing canyons and sunsets in beautiful Oman. . #Everest#summitclimb#topoftheworld #everest2019 #adventure#explore#travel#thedreamofeverest#Lebanon#Oman#SaudiArabia#Canada #Hijab #eliasaikaly #arabsxeverest2019 #shemovesmountains@mbc1@natgeoabudhabi@discovery @futuretvlebanon@lbcilebanon@mtvlebanon@oman.news@omantvnews@experienceoman@tourofoman@utmboman @omanobserver@mosa_gov_om

Great Trio in the rays of the rising sun. Lola, Nuptse and hiding Everest 🏔️🏔️🏔️💓
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Great Trio in the rays of the rising sun. Lola, Nuptse and hiding Everest 🏔️🏔️🏔️💓 It is really amazig feeling to stand in front of biggest of the biggest 😊 *** #everest#nuptse#himalayas#goldenhour#mountainmorning#dawn#powerfull#greatnature#himalayandream#ontrack#memories#thedreamofeverest#mounteverestofficial#smellofthemountain

This overdue .. 2 weeks ago I met a fellow hiker/climber right after she came back from the Highest point on Earth .. Ro
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This overdue .. 2 weeks ago I met a fellow hiker/climber right after she came back from the Highest point on Earth .. Roof of the World .. Mount Everest .. Nadirah Al Harthy is the first Omani woman to reach Everest .. she is truly inspiring young lady .. we had a very deep discussion on her journey not only the actual journey but also the mental journey .. the training .. the determination .. the challenges .. her dream and how it developed .. our common friend Khalid Al Siyabi; the first Omani to reach Everest .. Khalid died while Nadirah was on Everest! She also reach the summit the same day Khalid reached it 9 years prior!! .. it was truly an important discussion .. I have a lot of respect for her story & journey .. a lot of it made me not only want to go Everest but also feel I was there with them cause I ve done some mountains with similar experiences on smaller scale though like kilimanjaro and others .. it is worth mentioning that she climbed with group of equally outstanding & inspiring young Arab ladies & gentlemen from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt .. well done Nadirah and as I said again and again use this power & influence to inspire more and more young men and women (specially girls) in your country Oman and Arab region & Middle East to pursue their dreams whatever they are! Just like you did .. thanks also to @eliasaikalyfor keeping us virtually informed & engaged .. waiting for your documentary “the Dream of Everest” .. thanks to @nellyattar@monakshahab@joyceazzam7s@sherief82for being part of this unique journey .. I’m glad I learned about your stories via Elia, Nadirah & here on social media #everest#thedreamofeverest#eliasaikaly#oman#mountaingirls#everest2019

Was showing a friend the area to find Nadhirah on billboards in Oman 🇴🇲 well done .. keep inspiring people 👌🤓👍 @alharthy
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Was showing a friend the area to find Nadhirah on billboards in Oman 🇴🇲 well done .. keep inspiring people 👌🤓👍 @alharthynoor @nellyattar@eliasaikaly@joyceazzam7s@monakshahab#everest#thedreamofeverest#eliasaikaly#oman#mountaingirls#everest2019