A three-member team of Nepali women reached the summit of Mt K2 (8,611m) – the second highest peak on earth – on Saturday afternoon.
This is the first time Nepali women have reached the summit of K2. Similarly, this is also the first successful women’s expedition on K2.
Maya Sherpa (35) of Okhaldhunga, Dawa Yanjung Sherpa (25) of Dolakha and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (29) of Solukhumbu, who were the members of ‘First Nepali Women K2 Expedition-2014’conquered the mountain at 3:35 local time, according to a statement issued on Saturday.
The expedition was supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The ministry had even organized a farewell program for the mountaineers who were climbing the peak with the motto ‘women climbing for change’ to raise awareness on global warming.
Himalayan Women Welfare Society had coordinated the expedition. Similarly, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMO) had supported the expedition.