Three Nepali women´s undaunted spirit has made the entire nation proud today. They knew the risks and difficulties involved in climbing the world´s second highest peak- Mount K2- but still they decided to take on the challenge. Becoming the first Nepali women to climb Mt K2 was an emotional moment for Maya Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa.When they reached atop the mountain on July 26, their happiness bought tears of joy. Fortunately, they made it to the top of the 8,611 meter high peak in their first attempt. K2, which is located in Pakistan, is notorious as one of the most difficult peaks to climb in the world. “I have never cried when climbing mountains before but I couldn´t stop tears rolling down my cheeks when all three of us reached the top,” said Maya Sherpa.
Maya Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (left to right) at the top of Mt K2. (Photo courtesy:www.nationalgeographic.com)
Speaking at a press conference organized in the capital on Friday, Sherpa, who is also leader of the team, said that they had to go through their toughest experience in climbing K2. “We had to walk continuously along a river bank for 11 hours astride two days to reach base camp and the temperature was between 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. It was the toughest time ever for all of us,” she elaborated. The Nepali team had set out for Pakistan on 19 June with the aim of doing the daring climb to spread awareness about climate change. After making a vertical ascent from base camp, the team reached Camp 4 on 25 July. They started their final ascent from Camp 4 at midnight and reached the summit in the afternoon. The team stayed on the peak for only 10 minutes as weather conditions were not favorable. They returned to base camp on 29 July. Speaking at the press conference, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Ang Tshering Sherpa said, “Mountains and glaciers are under threat because of climate change. It is very important to save our mountains. He also congratulated the three women, who climbed K2 with the slogan, ´Women Climbing for Climate Change Awareness´.