Could it be third time lucky for Toowoomba climber?
TOOWOOMBA mountaineer Alyssa Azar will make a third attempt to climb Mount Everest this April.
This morning she ran a business brunch in Brisbane where she officially announced her quest "Everest 2016" and thanked her sponsors for their continued support.
Ms Azar strives to be the youngest Australian to climb the mountain.
The 19-year-old has made two previous attempts on Mount Everest in 2014 and 2015.
The decision to try for a third time was not made lightly as Ms Azar witnessed tragic events in her last efforts.
She was on Everest in 2014 when an avalanche hit near base camp and killed 16 Nepalese tour guides.
She also witnessed first-hand Nepal's devastating earthquake when she attempted to climb the mountain in 2015.
However Ms Azar is still determined to complete the trek. It is less than five weeks until she flies out solo to Kathmandu.
Ms Azar will start climbing Mount Everest in mid-April and expects to be completed by May 20.
"After everything, it is still something I want to do - to make this expedition a reality. There's been a lot of stress to pull it off but I'm not giving up on this goal," she said.
"I'm very confident I'll make it. Of course there're nerves, you never really know what's going to happen but with the weather going well and season going ahead, I should be okay."
Ms Azar will intensify her training over the next few weeks but being with her family will take priority.
"I train every day (and) it's usually a mixture of things; endurance training or a session in the morning and night," she said.
"(Until I go) there will be a lot of spending time with my family between Toowoomba and Brisbane."
Ms Azar wants to conquer the mountain before her 20th birthday at the end of the year so she is the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest.