The inspirational 20-year-old conquering Africa's highest peak in a wheelchair

Story highlights

  • South African Chaeli Mycroft plans to be the first female quadriplegic to climb Kilimanjaro
  • The disability rights activist, who won an International Children's Peace Prize, will turn 21 on the mountain

(CNN)Life is full of little challenges. But some of them, like climbing the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair, are gargantuan.

Chaeli Mycroft is planning to be the first female quadriplegic to achieve just that.
The 20-year-old South African travels to Tanzania Thursday to tackle Africa's highest peak, beginning a grueling seven-day adventure up and down Mount Kili's staggering 5,895-meter summit.
    Chaeli Mycroft
    Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 11 months old, Mycroft has spent her whole life in a wheelchair. She will ascend to Kilimanjaro's summit in a custom-built, lightweight and ultra-manoeuvrable chair, pushed and pulled by two of her seven team members, the "Chaeli Kili Climbers." Fans can follow t