Alyssa Azar became the youngest Australian to climb Mt Everest earlier this year, after the Queensland teenager reached the famous summit in May. Her third attempt at climbing the world’s most fearsome mountain, Alyssa arrived at the peak after a grueling ascent.
Twice denied in her previous pursuits of Everest due to an avalanche in 2014 and an earthquake in 2015, Alyssa received a hero’s welcome upon her return to her hometown of Toowoomba.
“It was a pretty surreal moment when I reached the top – it’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was eight,” Alyssa said.
“All the years of hard work makes it all the more special.”
To further honour Alyssa for her achievements, the city of Toowoomba will present her with the Keys to the City at this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers parade, Saturday September 17.
Alyssa first found her thirst for adventure at the age of eight when she became the youngest person to trek the Kokoda Track. Alyssa has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and ‘the Aussie ten’ – Australia’s ten highest peaks, as well as completing numerous climbs in South America.
Alyssa is about to tackle Kokoda for the fifth time, and will also complete ‘the Aussie ten’ again later in October, but has a different challenge ahead.
Alyssa has recently written her first book ‘The Girl Who Climbed Everest’, and will tour the country, signing copies of the book which detail her captivating story.
An experienced guest speaker, Alyssa has been a motivational speaker for many Australian students. Alyssa is eager to continue in these roles between her adventures around the globe.