TWO Pietermaritzburg doctors have conquered the highest mountain in Europe — Mount Elbrus — in a mentally and physically-arduous challenge.Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital Directors Dr Iqbal Moola and Dr Abdool Kader Dada are both experienced hikers, having accomplished Everest Base Camp, the Inca trail and Kilimanjaro.The peak, at 5 642 metres, is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia and one of the most prominent peaks in the world.The week-long trek — which included climbing, hiking and walking — was a momentous achievement for the medical doctors.Moola, who is a vastly-experienced climber and runner, noted that it was nothing like he had imagined or experienced in his life.“Even after having completed 20 Comrades marathons, climbed to Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro, this was extremely gruelling,” said Moola.Dada, who has also climbed Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu in Peru, described the climb as challenging, saying: “The difficulties included the conditions up on the mountains, the altitude, and extreme temperatures. However, our perseverance paid off.”“We were ecstatic about our achievement. This was, for me, the most challenging event I’ve done. It was more mental determination than physical. For me life is about experiences, which you will never forget until you pass on. “Nothing is comparable to being in natural surroundings with a great sense of appreciation for our creator and what our beautiful world has on offer,” added Moola. —Supplied.