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Seven Nepali women to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

November 04 , 2012

Seven Nepali women to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

A team of Nepali women are preparing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (5898m) of Tanzania in March, 2013 as part of their mission of climbing tallest peak on all continents.

Members of the ‘7 Summits Women Team’ aim to reach the summit of the tallest peak on Africa on March 8, which is celebrated worldwide as International Women Day. They have already climbed Mt Everest (Asia) – the tallest peak in earth, Mt Kosciuszko (Australia) and Me Elbrus (Europe).

Led by Shailee Basnet, the team includes Asha Kumari Singh, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa, Pujan Acharya and Maya Gurung. They will be joined by three Tanzanian women to highlight the significance of girl education around the world.

Advocating their vision ‘educate and empower’, the team will highlight the importance of girl education during Mt Kilimanjaro climb. After the expedition, the Nepali and Tanzanian climbers will visit various schools in Arisha and Dar-es-Salaam to tell their stories and encourage young students, especially girls, advocating the importance of education to achieve their dreams.

UN World Food Programme and Child Reach Nepal are supporting the expedition, while The North Face is providing technical equipment to the mountaineers. Total expedition cost is estimated at US$ 50,000.