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  Everest Summiter: Pasang Lhamu Sherpa


On April 22, 1993, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa became the first Nepalese women to climb to the top of Mount Everest. It was a beautiful morning when Pasang and her five climbing partners and fellow Sherpa’s reached the summit. During their descent from the summit the expedition took a turn for the worst. Sherpa Sonam Tshering, who had reached the top of Everest 5 times, became seriously ill and died. The weather took a turn for the worst and during the bad storm Pasang’s life was lost.

Pasang was fully aware of the danger in climbing the mountain, but for her the sacrifice of her life was worth accomplishing her goal of proving that Nepalese women are just as strong and brave as their men. Pasang has been honored by the people of Nepal in many ways for her great achievement; she is a role model to women throughout the country. She has been decorated with the “Nepal Star” by the King; in 1993-94 she was honored by the National Youth Foundation with the Youth Excellence Award, a life size statue of Pasang was erected at Bouddha Chuchepati, a postal stamp with her name and picture and many other National designations with her name, including streets and stains of wheat.

Pasang had planned to use her success on the mountain to help ease the pain and hardship of her people, that dream is alive and working through the Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Foundation. The Foundation started in 1993 as a non-profit, social, national organization. The goal of PLMF is to provide education and training facilities for Nepalese women, to safeguard their rights and interests and provide health and legal facilities and offer them social securities.

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