Four Nepali women mountaineers have reached the summit of Mt Aconcagua – the highest mountain in South America.
According to Shailee Basnet — the leader of the Seven Summits Women Team, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Asha Kumari Singh and Pema Diki Sherpa reached the summit at 6:15 pm (local time) on February 23.
“Weather was the major challenge that the team faced. Since our arrival there has not been a single summit window except February. The team made summit target on the 9th day of the expedition,” Basent said in an email received by eTravelPress. “We pushed for the summit from Camp II without setting up Camp III as there was no time for that. After 23rd, the weather worsened with lot of snow in the region.”
After the summit, the women mountaineers will lead a Nepali travel delegation led by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to promote Nepali tourism products and services in Argentina and Brazil. This will be Nepal’s first tourism promotional initiatives in South America.
The team aims to climb tallest peaks in all continents. So far, they have climbed tallest peak of four continents — Mt Everest of Asia in 2008, Mt Kosciuszko of Australia and Mt Elbrus of Europe in 2010, and Mt Kilimanjaro of Africa in 2013. They plan to climb Mt Denali/McKinley (North America) and Vincent Massif (Antarctica) later this year.