It all changed once I discovered the mountains.
In 2017, Uta Ibrahimi became the first Albanian woman to summit Everest (8848m) and Manasulu (8163m), two high mountains in the Himalayas. At the peak of the world, she unveiled both Kosovo and Albania’s flags to bring greater awareness for nature, the mountains, and human rights in both countries. Her aim is to climb the remaining twelve of totally fourteen world peaks higher than 8000 meters while campaigning in a multitude of other forms to spread messages of determination, stamina and positivity to people.
Born and raised in Kosovo, Uta Ibrahimi is a graduate of Economy from the University of Prishtina with a 12-year work experience in marketing. For seven out of those years, she worked as the Director of Ogilvy Karrota marketing agency, developing marketing campaigns that included major business clients. She was involved in a variety of human rights-based projects, social campaigns aimed at helping women and children, and for five years contributed to the running of the renowned Documentary Film Festival DokuFest as a marketing manager, event organizer and on 2017 she was a Jury Member for Green Documentaries.
In 2015, Uta left Karrota to embark on a new journey as a mountaineer and a guide, having been an active hiker in her leisure time. Nowadays, Uta pursues many tourism projects, including the Via Dinarica Project or the Reel Rock Festival on 2015, which she directed. She was also involved on a GIZ Project in Albania for cross-border tourism in the Sharr Mountain. Uta runs her own outdoor tours company in the Balkans, the Butterfly Outdoors (www.butterflyoutdoor.com) through which she is developing the climbing community in Kosova and Albania by supporting the creation of new climbing routes. She also runs smaller hiking trips for children with special needs, being a firm believer that outdoor activities strongly impact people’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
Her ultimate goal now is to expose the true beauties of her country to as many people from the entire world.
Mount Blanc 4880m (France)
Musala 2925m (Bulgaria)
Olimp 2918m (Greece)
Jezera 2694m, (Albania)
Tito VRV 2745m (Macedonia)
Gjeravica 2656m (Kosovo)
Ercyes 3916m (Turkey) Winter Exp.
Mount Hasan 3200m (Turkey) Winter Exp.
Emler 3700m (AladaglarTurkey) Winter Exp.
Yalung Peak 5700m (Himalaya)
Monch 4104m (Swiss)
Moun Everest 8848m (Himalaya)
Mount Manaslu 8163m (Himalaya)