Three Nepali women scaled Mt K2, the world’s second highest mountain in Pakistan, setting a new world record on Saturday afternoon.
According to Himalayan Women Welfare Society, experienced mountaineers Maya Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa conquered Mount K2, also known as the mountain of mountains, at 3:35pm local time today.
“There is no word of joyfulness of an expression in the face of first Nepali women team as they successfully summitted K2 (8,611m), world’s second highest mountain in Pakistan,” a statement by First Nepali Women K2 Expedition–2014 said.
They carried a Nepali flag also.
This is the first successful expedition by a team of women on Mount K2.
The expedition was organised by Himalayan Women Welfare Society in coordination with Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, private sectors and other development agencies.
Maya, team leader of the expedition, has 11 years of experience in mountaineering and has already scaled Mt Everest two times. Pasang Lhamu and Dawa Yangzum are also professional climbers.
The team climbed with a motto ‘women climbing for climate change’ to raise the awareness on global warming around the world, said Nima Nuru Sherpa, advisor of the expedition.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment had organised a special function to bid farewell to the ‘First Nepali Women Expedition to K2 for Climate Change’ on May 21 amidst a function in the Capital.
The estimated cost for the expedition was around eight million rupees and sponsored by ICIMOD, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and many other tourism-related organisations.