Nadav Ben Yehuda

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Nadav Ben Yehuda (Hebrew: נדב בן יהודה‎, born February 29, 1988) is an Israeli mountain climber, search and rescue professional, photographer and speaker.

Early life[edit]

Ben Yehuda lives in Rehovot, Israel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Golani Brigade's reconnaissance unit.[1] In the unit, which is one of the IDF's elite commando units, he suffered from injuries both during training and operational activities.[2] Ben Yehuda studied law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), and was given distinguished athlete status.[3]

Climbing career and rescues[edit]

Ben Yehuda is the only Israeli experienced in search and rescue in complex alpine conditions.[4]

Ben Yehuda was awarded a citation as part of the youth President's Volunteer Award for his efforts.[5] The President of Israel at the time, Shimon Peres, said to Ben Yehuda: "You searched for a geographical peak and found a humanitarian peak".[1] He also received a medallion of courage from the Florida International University.[6]


In 2014, Ben Yehuda led an expedition to Tibet to promote organ donation, attempting to climb two mountains over 8,000 m in the same season, including the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,206 m.[7] On his way back to Israel he stayed in Nepal due to the 2014 snowstorm disaster, and participated in rescue missions across the Annapurna range.[8] Ben Yehuda was called on by the Israeli embassy to rescue Emil Aljam, an Israeli climber hit by the same storm but trapped in the Everest range. On the second day of the search, Aljam extricated himself and came to the rescue base camp.[7] A week later he was the first Israeli responder to a fatal bus crash in Nepal, where two Israelis were killed and four seriously injured.[4]

Other climbs[edit]

In March 2012, Ben Yehuda doubled the national record, and climbed the Moshe Aviv Tower in Ramat Gan, the highest skyscraper in Israel, thirteen times in a row.[9]

In September 2012, he climbed Mount Kazbek in Georgia,[10] and after that did a solo climb in Spain.[3]

In January 2015 Ben Yehuda climbed the Kilimanjaro with his girlfriend Lena Malenkovich, where they got engaged.[8]

In May 2016 he became the first Israeli to climb Annapurna I, the tenth highest, and the most dangerous mountain in the world.[11]

In May 2018, Ben Yehuda was himself rescued from the Kangchenjunga after having been left for dead for over 20 hours.[12]


  1. ^ a b Dvir, Noam (September 4, 2012). "Presidential Citation for Youth Who Saved on Everest: 'Humanitarian Peak'". Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Goldman, Regev (May 31, 2012). "The Youth Who Saved Turkish Climber: I Do Not Deserve Prize". nrg Maariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Gutman, Nimrod. "Climb–Extraction–Rescue: How Nadav Ben Yehuda, a Second-Year Law and Governance Student, Saved Another Climber at the Top of the Everest". Avangard Magazine (in Hebrew). Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Dressler, Tamar (May 17, 2016). "The Victory is Life" (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Recipients of President's Volunteer Award for 5772 – 2012". Israel's Volunteering Web Portal (in Hebrew). Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Israeli rescues Turkish climber from the Death Zone on Everest". Florida International University. May 3, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Shiloni, Ruti (November 1, 2014). "Introducing the Israeli Rescuer Who Was Sent to the Nepal Disaster" (in Hebrew). Israel Channel 2. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Junger, Gal (January 27, 2015). "Peak Moment: He Took Out a Ring on the Mountain Summit". Walla! Mazal Tov (in Hebrew). Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Israeli gives up on Everest summit to help Turkish climber". Times of Israel. May 22, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Davidovich, Joshua (September 19, 2012). "Heroic climber back on top of the world". Times of Israel. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Eichner, Itamar (May 7, 2016). "Heroic mountain climber summits 10th tallest mountain". Ynetnews. Retrieved May 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ Blumenthal, Itay (May 22, 2018). "Israeli mountain climber thought dead, rescued alive". Ynetnews. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 

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