Tima Deryan became the 1st Lebanese woman and youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest at 26 years old. After an expedition that took 2 months during one of the deadliest seasons on Everest, she stood gratefully and humbly on the highest mountain of the world on the 22nd of May 2019 at 7:21am.
Before summiting Everest, Tima climbed 18 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. Her passion for exploration and redefining limits introduced her to mountaineering and drove her to climb all these mountains. Staying true to her wanderer spirit, she aims to continue leading an adventurous lifestyle and never stop climbing.
Tima was always drawn to nature and extreme sports so she grew-up traveling around the world collecting bungee jumps and pursued her licenses in both skydiving and advanced scuba-diving. However, she never felt as alive in all those sports as much as when she was on the mountains. Being on the mountains for Tima is as natural and essential as breathing … it’s where her soul sparkles. Hence after Elbrus, her first summit, she decided to focus on mountaineering where she feels she is the best version of herself.
That decision was life changing for Tima, a Finance professional that worked in multinational firms, as she had to quit her job and give up the career ladder for the love of mountains. Later, she ventured into the entrepreneurship world and launched a start-up while she was still climbing around the world. Her priority remains being in the outdoors and going for any challenge that the mountains have to offer.
When she’s not on a mountain, Tima, also known as mountain gypsy, believes that her mission is to give back to the world what the mountains gave to her. As such she dedicated her time to support and raise awareness of essential socio-economic topics that are shaping our world. She’s an advocate of youth and women’s rights, and an activist of environmental issues. She works with various organizations to help empower youth and women and equip them with the means to follow their passion 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. She is regularly featured in both international and local media outlets, including CNN, Reuters, South China Morning Post, Gulf News, The National, and Al-Nahar.