Nepal’s Women Climbers Blaze Trails for Their Gender
Kathmandu: When a deadly avalanche hit Mount Everest a year ago, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, one of the few Nepali women with expertise in climbing the world’s highest peaks, headed straight there to help. A gifted mountaineer who had summited Everest by the age of 22, she is part of a new generation of Sherpa women who are climbing peaks that have traditionally only been scaled by their men.”People think mountaineering is a man’s job, but I think we need more women in the mountains,” the 31-year-old said. Although Sherpa women have faced a long wait for their turn in the mountaineering spotlight, they are making up for it by snatching world records. In 2012, Chhurim Sherpa became t he f i rst woman to sca le Everest twice in one week while 42-year-old Lhakpa Sherpa holds a record for the most Everest summits by a woman, with six.