Akke Rahman began his ascent during Ramadan, meaning he had been fasting for nearly two weeks before setting off (Picture: PA)
A mountain climber thought to be the first British Muslim to scale Mt Everest says his achievement has ‘still not sunk in yet’.
Akke Rahman’s bid to conquer the world’s highest mountain saw him begin his ascent during Ramadan and fall down a crevasse early on in the expedition.
But the dad of three from Oldham overcame the challenges to reach the 29,031ft summit on May 13.
He said he was still trying to process what he had achieved.
‘The beauty is just beyond,’ Akke said as he described seeing some of the world’s tallest mountains from the top of Everest.
‘You can see Cho Oyu, which is another 8,000m or so, in one of my pictures. Makalu is right next to me. You can see Lhotse. There’s so much to see.
‘You can see into Tibet.
‘Oh man, it’s just… I can’t believe it. I was there. I can’t believe I was there.
‘It’s still not sunk in yet.’
Akke reached the summit of Everest on May 13 (Picture: PA)
When he got to the summit, Akke ‘sort of broke down’ after realising his ambition (Picture: PA)
Akke had been fasting for nearly two weeks before setting off for the summit and continued to fast on and off during the early days of his trek.
‘It really, really slowed me down,’ he said.
‘My mouth was so dry you could light a match on it.’
Akke did his best to continue his fasts but was forced to skip some when he made it to base camp because he was so tired.
‘I wasn’t comfortable doing it to be honest with you, but my religion says life is more precious than death so you need to look after yourself first,’ he said.
Akke has raised more than £80,000 for Orphans Shelter Foundation through his climb (Picture: Akke Rahman)
Akke also had a narrow escape when he fell down a crevasse while returning to basecamp from an acclimatisation climb.
The incident saw him spend 45-minutes hanging on a safety rope before Sherpas were able to free him.
He said the close shave, along with the fact he was not able to celebrate Eid with his family was challenging.
‘Leading up to Eid, that was really depressing,’ Akke said.
‘For two days I was in my tent and I was like breaking down. At one point I did think, “Should I just pack it in?”
‘But I just thought about the reason why I’m here, all the training and everything that I’ve done, all these years they’ve been leading up to this and this is my chance.
‘I kept on going and then I found myself on the top taking pictures.’
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Akke said when he reached the summit, he ‘sort of broke down’ but there was not much time for emotion.
‘When I got to the summit, I sort of broke down because I had realised my dreams and ambition, and God had made my dreams come true,’ he said.
‘I broke down but my Sherpa was such a hard guy, he was a tough nut to crack.
‘He just said, “Get up, come on, let’s take some pictures – we can’t spend too long here”.
‘So he put a stop to all that.’
Akke’s feat has raised more than £80,000 for Orphans Shelter Foundation.
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