1923. Akke Rahman
Akke Rahman, from Oldham, recently became the first British Bangladeshi Muslim to climb Mount Everest, raising over £90,000 for ‘RFC - Ramadan Family Commitment’ and undertaking his 'Peak Humanity' challenge whilst fasting for Ramadan.
Akke, known as the Bengali Mountaineer, has form for breaking boundaries with his fundraising mountaineering challenges, including being the fastest Briton to climb Mount Elbrus, which he achieved in under 24 hours in 2020 only five days after recovering from Coronavirus. The same year he also climbed Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc, and in 2021 he climbed Ama Dablam Mountain in the Himalayas, raising £19,000 for charity Penny Appeal’s Emergency Response team. Money raised through his ‘Peak Humanity’ challenge will go towards ‘RFC – Ramadan Family Commitment’, a charitable appeal run by British Asian media station Channel S during Ramadan which includes directing support to Ukrainian refugee children affected by the ongoing Russian invasion. As well as supporting charity, Akke aims through his challenges to encourage other people from Muslim and British ethnic minority backgrounds backgrounds to get involved in mountain climbing and outdoor expeditions, inspiring others to get fit and step outside of cultural norms.
Pictured below: Akke at the peak of Everest. Pictured above: Akke speaking ahead of the challenge (Photo credit – Murad Photography)