by George Manley – Expedition 8848 Artist
Everest Historical Moments
Forty years after Hillary and Tenzing first stood on the worlds highest mountain, no Nepali woman had stood on the summit. On the 22nd April 1993, 31-year-old Pasang Lhamu Sherpa achieved what no other Nepali woman had, against great odds and with incredible courage, she became the first Nepalese woman to summit Everest.
Very sadly, Psang tragically she lost her life on the descent. Nepal was shocked and expressed great sorrow. Later Pasang’s body was eventually recovered and was celebrated with great dignity and honour and laid to rest as a great hero.
Almost 26 years later Pasang’s courage and her story is taught in schools throughout Nepal, her accomplishments, dreams have inspired a nation of Nepalese women and men alike, because of this many women have now climbed Everest and continue to do so, her story is now been told in a documentary film called “the Glass Ceiling”.
This is the final article in the ‘Everest Historical Moments’ Series. See them all at http://www.markwoodexplorerjournal.com.