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'Tears rolled down when we reached atop K2'

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´.

Source: Republica

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A New world record set for the country; Nepali women Scale Mt. k2 !

This is a great news - Nepali female climbers have successfully scaled Mt. k2 (8,611m) setting up a world record for the country :) A huge congratulation from Thamserku.

According to the Facebook update from Dawa Yangzum Sherpa  - the team are also safely back to the Basecmap. The facebook status reads as:

"Finally we got safely back to Basecamp after successfully summit Of Mt K2 Thanks for every body who support this project and especially for our family for supporting every step"

According to Himalayan Women Welfare Society, experienced mountaineers Maya Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa conquered Mt K2, also known as ‘mountain of mountains’ at 3:35pm local time 26th July)


“We are so overwhelmed with joy that we do not have words to express our happiness,” a statement by the first Nepali Women K2 Expedition – 2014 said. “It is a proud moment for all Nepali women,” it said.

Maya, team leader of the expedition, has 11 years of experience in mountaineering and has already scaled Mt Everest twice. Pasang Lhamu and Dawa Yangzum are also experienced climbers.

The team, with the motto ‘women climbing for climate change’ climbed K2 in the Himalayan Karakoram ranges of Pakistan. Their aim was to raise awareness about global warming around the world, said Nima Nuru Sherpa, adviser of the expedition. “We became the first Nepali female expedition team to scale the mountain carrying our national flag. Certainly, it is a very proud feeling.”

The expedition was organised by Himalayan Women Welfare Society in coordination with Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, the private sector and other development agencies.

The Ministry of Environment bid farewell to female climbers on May 21 at a function in the capital. The estimated cost of the expedition was around eight million rupees. The expedition was sponsored by ICIMOD, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and many other tourism-related organisations.

According to mountaineering database, K2 is known as the ‘Cruel Mountain’ due to the extreme difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. Also, one out of every four persons attempting to scale the summit has died.

According to the Guinness World Records, Wanda Rutkiewicz (Poland) had climbed K2 on 23 June, 1986, becoming the first woman to climb the mountain.

Summit objectives

• To climb Mt K2 to mark the 60th anniversary of its first ascent

• Promote mountain tourism in Nepal and women’s participation in it

• Raise awareness among major stakeholders working on climate change in Nepal about the impacts of global climate change on the Himalayas

• Demonstrate the strength of women and their potential to bring about positive change

Source: THT

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