A Story of Courage, the First Nepalese​ woman to summit Everest

by George Manley  – Expedition 8848 Artist

Everest Historical Moments

1 A story of courage

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.2 A story of courage

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.

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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