Nepal’s Women Climbers Blaze Trails for Their Gen­der

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

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.

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