Before summiting Everest, Tima had climbed 18 high mountains around the world including 6 out of the 7 summits (highest mountain on every continent) and became the 1st Arab woman to climb Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world. With her passion for exploring and redefining limits, mountaineering came as a second nature to her. Staying true to her wanderer spirit, she aims to continue leading an adventurous lifestyle and never stop climbing.
Tima grew up traveling the world collecting bungee jumps and memories of nature and extreme sports. She pursued her licenses in both skydiving and advanced scuba-diving as she made both the skies and the oceans her playgrounds. But, for her, nothing compares to being on 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- just like breathing. It’s where her soul sparkles and her light shines. It’s where she feels she is the best version of herself. And so, it was no surprise that after Elbrus, she decided to focus on mountaineering.
The once-finance professional working in a multinational firm, gave up her career ladder for the love of mountains. Life changing decision is an understatement as she threw herself in a new path she knew barely about. Yet, she explored and excelled and later ventured into entrepreneurship by launching two startups while still climbing around the world.
When she’s not on a mountain, Tima, founder of Mountain Gipsy and a professionally certified coach, believes that her mission is to give back to the world what the mountains gave to her. As such, she works with people from all backgrounds and circumstances to develop an invincible mindset so they can achieve their most ambitious goals by becoming more resilient, creative, confident, and courageous.
Moreover, she dedicates her time to support and raise awareness for essential socio-economic topics that are shaping our world. She’s an advocate of children, youth, and women’s rights, and an activist of environmental issues. She works with various organizations to equip children, youth, and women with the means to follow their passion, develop their leadership skills, and carve their own path for a better future. In parallel, driven by her love of nature, Tima campaigns on environment issues such as climate change, deforestation, and waste recycling.
Tima’s priority remains being in the outdoors and going for any adventure that life has to offer.
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Her mission for Arab Women
Going back to her childhood
Being into sports and wanting to try everything
Thinking it wasn’t for her
Turning 19 and getting into scuba diving and sky diving
Enjoying extreme sports and living on the edge
Feeling the most alive when she was under pressure
Never thinking she would climb mountains
Being Nomadic and wanting to explore more of the world
Going travelling with her family to Nepal at 14
Deciding to go and climb mountains at 23
Making her dream come true
What her first steps are
Why you need to be determined and serious about wanting to climb mountains
Climbing Mt Elbrus - the highest mountain in Europe
Not knowing what she was getting into….
Deciding to focus exclusively on mountaineering
Not reaching the summit on Mt. Aconcagua
Dealing with failure in the mountains
Learning to control her confidence
Making a promise to herself
Working as an accountant and climbing mountains
Having a vision board
Getting the deposit for Mt. Everest from her family
Heading to Mt Everest in 2019 and becoming the first Lebanese Woman to summit the mountain
Going to Kilimanjaro with 8 young women
Wanting to use her platform to give back to others
Struggling to find role models in mountaineering
Going against society and the expected norms of society
Being very focused on what she wants
Confidence and being supported by her parents
Dealing with sickness while out in the mountains and coughing up blood
The push to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
The practicalities of the journey
Why every move counts at high altitude
Being stuck in the bottleneck on Everest for 2hrs
Deciding to go to Lebanon after the blast (2020)
Working for an (NGO) - Non-Government Organizations
Training for the mountains and figuring out what works for her
Working as a mindset coach
The power of gratitude
Planning her next climbs in Nepal & Africa
Final words of advice for women who want to get into the mountains
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