Ali Nasuh MAHRUKİ was born on May 21, 1968 in Istanbul. He has completed his primary school and high school education at Şişli Terakki Lisesi. He has graduated from Bilkent University, Management Faculty in 1992. In 2004 he has graduated from National Security Academy. He is a National Sportsman, professional mountain climber, writer, photographer, motivational speaker and a social entrepereneur. He has excelled in various outdoor sports such as mountaineering, climbing, caving, paragliding, scuba diving, motorcycling and sailing.
He started mountaineering when he was 20 and high altitude climbing at 24. When he was 26, after completing the ascents of five 7000 meter peaks in Pamir and Tien Shan mountains, he became one of the few western climbers who are given the prestigious Snow Leopard title by the Russian Mountaineering Federation which is still not yet repeated by another Turkish climber. At the age of 27, he became the first Turkish and the first muslim climber in the world who has climbed Mount Everest. When he was 28, he completed the Seven Summits project which is climbing the highest peaks of each continent and among 45 climbers, he became the youngest climber in the world. He made the highest solo ascent of Turkey on 8201 m. high Mount Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. He climbed 8516 m. high Mount Lhotse, the 4th highest mountain in the world. He climbed 8611 m. Mount K2, the second highest and according to many, the most difficult and dangerous mountain in the world. All these 8000 m. climbs were first Turkish ascents and last three were without supplementary Oxygen. In 2010, he climbed Mount Everest again after 15 years.
He has made long overland motorcycling tours in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia and some of Europe.
He is doing motivational speeches on subjects like self improvement, leadership, team building, target orientation, persevarence, risk management and self actualization. He has also taught on these subjects at a university. He has written articles on various magazines and newspapers and also made documentaries on various TV channels.
He is the founder member and the president of AKUT (Search and Rescue Association). AKUT is a volunteer based search and rescue team. Nasuh Mahruki has founded AKUT in 1996 with a group of his mountain climber friends. It became the one and only team that has organized on search and rescue, before the devastating Marmara Earthquake that hit Gölcük and killed approximately 18.000 people on August 17, 1999. AKUT volunteers rescued 220 people under the collapsed structures. They were so effective and helpful for the victims during those very difficult days and Turkish people has chosen AKUT as the most trusted entity of Turkey. Today there are 36 AKUT units and about 1600 volunteers all over Turkey and more then 2220 people have either rescued or moved to safe environments by AKUT. AKUT has also rescued more then 1000 wild and domestic animals as well.
Nasuh Mahruki is also the founder member of Ortak İdealler Derneği (Common Purpose Association of Turkey), board member of ASHOKA Foundation in Turkey and he is a member of UGSAD (National Security and Strategic Research Association), TMOK (National Olympic Commity of Turkey), SAD (Underwater Research Association) and Travellers Club of Turkey.
He is a social entrepreneur and elected as an ASHOKA Fellow in 2004. He received the INTERNATIONAL GUSI PEACE PRIZE from Phillipinnes in 2009. He has been granted the degree of the HONORARY DOCTORATE in Social Sciences from Bilkent University in 2012. He received the JUUKH BICHIG Testimonial from Mongolia Culture, Sport and Tourism Ministry in 2014.
His books published in Turkish are; “Bir Dağcının Güncesi – Diary of an Alpinist”, “Everest’te İlk Türk – First Turk on Everest”, “Bir Hayalin Peşinde – In Search of a Dream”, “Asya Yolları, Himalayalar ve Ötesi – Roads of Asia, Himalayas, and Beyond”; “Yeryüzü Güncesi – Earth Diary”; “Vatan Lafla Değil Eylemle Sevilir – Motherland is Loved by Actions not by Empty Words”. “Kendi Everest’inize Tırmanın – Climb Your Own Everest”
In 2009, during a motorcycling trip in the Himalayan Kingdoms, Mine and Nasuh Mahruki got married in Bhutan Kingdom with a Bhutanese wedding seremony. In 2013 their son Barlas and 2015 their daughter Bilge are born and joined the family.