41 years, Australia
For Queensland climber Alyssa Azar, climbing the highest mountain in the world was apparently such a breeze, she did it twice.
The 21-year-old became the youngest Australian to reach the summit of Everest in 2016 when she was 19, and is now returning home after becoming the youngest woman ever to climb both the north and south slopes of the mighty mountain.
Being in the rare position to be able to compare, Alyssa said it was hard to say which side was the more difficult climb, with both presenting challenges.
"On the south side you have to cross the ever-dangerous Khumbu Icefall, which is treacherous," she said.
"On the north side you climb into high altitude a lot quicker, which takes it's toll on you physically and mentally."
After reaching the world's highest summit twice, Alyssa says her immediate plan is to relax at home with her family for a while, returning to Brisbane on Saturday night.
However, she'll be back at it later this year, leading climbing groups up Mt Kilimanjaro in August and to Everest Base Camp in November.
Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaAzarAdventurer/
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