A COURAGEOUS young woman has vowed to take on Everest again after she was dramatically evacuated with dangerously-low oxygen levels.

Elif Wortt, from Reading, was part of an 11-strong team to take on the 18,000ft trek in support of surf therapy charity, The Wave Project.

The 22-year old was one of three people in the group - and the youngest member - to be forced to stop before they could reach the base camp.

She said: “I was evacuated just a few hundred metres from base camp. My oxygen levels dropped to 34 and usual evacuation level is 60.

"I was evacuated to a high altitude clinic, where I stayed the night, hooked up to oxygen being constantly monitored, taking medication for brain swelling and having frequent ultrasounds for fluid on the lungs.”

The charity had helped her younger sister Elsie to improve her mental health and wellbeing through surfing and Elif wanted to show her support.

Her team raised more than £12,000 for The Wave Project on the 10-day trek and Elif has plans to head back to the mountain and give it another go.

Of the 11 team members who set out on the challenge, two other trekkers were also evacuated due to altitude sickness and fatigue.

The group have since been reunited after a tough few physical and emotional days.

Trek team leader Jono Griffin added: “It was a great experience to see such camaraderie between the group.

"They all spurred each other on as much as possible. The difficulties some team members faced are the reality of trekking into high altitude.

"It’s fantastic to see the team reunited now after a tough few physical and emotional days.”

The Wave Project has a six-week surf therapy course, which helps to build young people’s confidence and self belief through learning to surf.