Inspirational Women Mountaineers

8, Mar 2023 |

The mainstream media feeds us this image of women being helpless without men. Here are 5 women who have proved it wrong. These women have conquered mountains and are set to change the narrative around women.

On March 8, International Women's Day, we've chosen to highlight five outstanding women in our post. Here, we'll give you a brief introduction to 5 incredible female mountaineers who have made a significant impact on the world of mountaineering.

More and more women are achieving success in sports like trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and climbing. Nonetheless, climbing in all of its diversity is undoubtedly the sport that garners the greatest media attention and generates the most stars. Although it was originally thought that men predominated in this sport, more and more women are now taking part and these women are the shining examples of that. 

Junko Tabei

Tabei, a mountaineer as opposed to a climber, became the first woman to conquer Everest in 1975. Tabei had to create the Women Climbing Club in 1969 since many males refused to go climbing with her because she was growing up in a time of stringent gender standards. She made her maiden ascent of Mount Everest with an all-female Japanese crew, while they narrowly avoided being buried by an avalanche. Tabei successfully ascended the Seven Summits in 1992, solidifying her place among the greatest mountaineers in history.

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita scaled mountains including Everest, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, and K2, which takes the life of one in every four climbers. She was also a member of the first Nepali women's team to reach the summit of K2. She received the 45th International Alpine Solidarity Award in 2016 in recognition of "her great generosity, spirit of sacrifice, and expert capability with which she rescued and helped her people during the tragic earthquake in 2015." The award is given to individuals who distinguish themselves for bravery, solidarity, and altruism in mountains. Pasang also received the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year Award from National Geographic in 2016.

Phunjo Lama

Phunjo made the decision to climb Mount Cho Oyu (8,188m), also known as the "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan, in 2016. It is the sixth-highest mountain in the world. This spectacular mountain's shadow appears turquoise with the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. She did it without oxygen. It was not her choice. She lacked the funds for it. It was very risky as it was her first climb higher than 8,000 metres. In 2018, Phunjo became the first woman to summit Mount Everest from the Tsum Valley and Manaslu region after being inspired by Pasang Lhamu Sherpa.

Dawa Futi Sherpa

Young Dawa Futi Sherpa was a big dreamer. Dawa was raised in the northeastern country's isolated Himalayan valley of Rolwaling. As a little girl, she observed her father and brother, Mingma G., make risky forays into the highlands. She recalls, "I dreamed of climbing Everest.”

In order to attempt Everest, Dawa's first expedition was to Ama Dablam. This magnificent peak, which stands 6,812 metres above sea level and is sometimes referred to as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas". It is situated in the Khumbu area of Nepal. As part of their quest to climb the seven summits—the highest mountains on each of the seven continents—Dawa and her sisters intend to ascend Mount Elbrus (5,642m), which is located in Europe.

Lhakpa Sherpa

There are several world records held by native Nepalis. First of all, Lhakpa is the woman who has scaled Mount Everest most frequently, completing seven ascents between 2000 and 2016. In order to ascend the peak simultaneously, she also organised the first sibling team in 2003 with her sister Ming Kipa and her brother Mingma Gelu. Ming Kipa, her 15-year-old sister, became the youngest woman to summit Everest; thanks to this ascent. She added that she didn't train for the climbs in an interview. Her physique is acclimated to the Himalayan climate; thanks to her upbringing in the shadow of the world's fifth-highest mountain. 

With their extraordinary courage, these women definitely show that a woman's place is not confined to domesticity. They belong outdoors as much as men do.

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Also Read: 

Seven Women Summit: Climbing For Self Discovery

Wall Climbing In Kathmandu

Island Peak Climbing

Mountain Expedition In Nepal

Mount Everest Expedition

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