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Joyce Azzam is the first Lebanese woman mountaineer to complete “The Seven Summits Challenge” by climbing the highest summit in each of the world’s seven continents:

  • Mt Everest, Nepal                    8,848 m           May 23, 2019
  • Mt Aconcagua, Argentina         6,962 m           Feb 2017 (First Lebanese woman)
  • Denali Peak, USA                     6,190 m           June 2017 (First Lebanese woman)
  • Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania         5,895 m           March 2014, April 2017
  • Mt Elbrus, Russia                     5,642 m           July 2012 (First Lebanese woman)
  • Carstensz Pyramid, Papua New Guinea, 4,884 m          October 2013 (First Lebanese woman)
  • Mt Vinson, Antarctica              4,897 m           December 2018 (First Lebanese woman)

Joyce Azzam had broken another record by being the first Lebanese woman to scale over 28 mountains around the world.  

At this juncture, she further plans to reach the 2 poles which, combined with her Seven Summits Challenge achievement, will make her enter history as the second woman in the world to complete the Explorers Grand Slam.

After her successful climbs in Argentina, and of Denali Peak, Mt. Vinson and Mt. Everest, Joyce Azzam has grown into a source of inspiration to youth and women in Lebanon and the MENA region. She believes that she is a living proof that Lebanese women are capable, multi-talented, and successful. With every mountain she climbs, Joyce Azzamalso aims to inspire change in the lives of children, especially young Lebanese. She strives to show them that once they’ve set their mind on a dream, they can achieve it no matter how hard it might seem at first. Her mission has subsequently generated hashtags of #InspireChange and #YesYouCan on social media, as in her statement:

“While climbing each mountain at a time, I aim to #InspireChange, and prove to everyone that no matter how hard the journey is, #YesYouCan do it!”

Besides being a record setting mountaineer, Joyce Azzam has a PhD in landscape and environment from La Sapienza University of Rome with a specialty in conservation architecture. Currently, she is a consultant on municipal projects in Lebanon as conservation architect and urban designer, and also a lecturer at the University of Balamand. 

Dr. Azzam’s academic credentials include the following:

PhD in Landscape and Environment from La Sapienza University of Rome;

Master’s Degree in Conservation of Historic Cities and Buildings from La Sapienza University of Rome; 

Master’s Degree in Governance Models and Management of Local Public System from the University of Perugia in Italy;

Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from the Lebanese University. 

Her love for outdoor activities has unleashed in her a passion to research innovative approaches to protect and conserve cultural heritage sites, specifically “Cultural Routes and Landscapes.”

Below is a list of Dr. Azzam’s mountaineering achievements to date. In a sign of commitment to her cherished home country of Lebanon, she never failed to raise a Lebanese flag at those summits. 

  1. Mt Everest, Nepal                               8,848 m
  2. Mt Aconcagua, Argentina                    6,962 m
  3. DenaliPeak, USA                                 6,190 m
  4. Mt Lobuche, Nepal                             6,119 m
  5. Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania                     5,895 m
  6. Mount Elbrus, Russia                           5,642 m
  7. Mt Ararat, Turkey                                5,137 m
  8. Mt Bonete, Argentina                         5,059 m
  9. Mt Vinson, Antartica                           4,897 m
  10. Carstensz Pyramid, Papua New Guinea4,884 m
  11. Mont Blanc, France                             4,809 m
  12. Mont Meru, Tanzania                           4.565 m
  13. Mont Maudit, France                           4,465 m
  14. Mt Whitney, USA                                4,424 m
  15. Mt Massive, USA                                  4,398 m
  16. Mt Shasta, USA                                    4,322 m 
  17. Mont Blanc du Tacul, France                4,248 m
  18. Bishorn, Switzerland                            4,153 m
  19. Allalinhorn, Switzerland                      4,027 m
  20. Pollux, Italy                                         4,092 m
  21. Gran Paradiso, Italy                             3,812 m
  22. El Mulhacen, Spain                              3,479 m
  23. Qornet Es Saouda, Lebanon                 3,088 m
  24. Mt Agung, Bali                                     3,031 m
  25. Gran Sasso, Corno Grande, Italy           2,919 m
  26. Gran Sasso, Corno Piccolo, Italy            2,822 m
  27. Half Dome, Yosemite CA, USA              2,694 m
  28. Mt Kosciuszko, Australia                      2,228 m

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