The founder of Saudi Arabia’s first female-only fitness studio has begun an expedition to scale Everest, to inspire women in the Kingdom to take up sport.

Nelly Attar, 29, who is Lebanese but was born and raised in Saudi, set off for Nepal last week in preparation to take on the world’s tallest mountain.

The former psychologist and life coach started hiking while she was at university and scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya four years ago.