Three Nepali women have reached the summit of Mt K2 (8,611m) – the second highest peak on earth. Members of First Nepali Women K2 Expedition 2014 -- Maya Sherpa (35) of Okhaldhunga, Dawa Yanjung Sherpa (25) of Dolakha and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (29) of Solukhumbu – reached the summit of the Pakistani peak at 3:35 local time on Saturday.
According to a press statement issued by the expedition team, this is the first summit of Mt K2 by Nepali women. This is also first successful women’s expedition on K2.
The expedition was supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The ministry had even organized a farewell program for the mountaineers who were climbing the peak with the motto ‘women climbing for change’ to raise awareness on global warming.
Himalayan Women Welfare Society had coordinated the expedition. Similarly, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMO) had supported the expedition.