Nepali women climb Mt Aconcagua
March 06 , 2014
Four members of Seven Summits Women Team have reached the summit of Mt Aconcagua – the highest mountain on South America.
According to Shailee Basnet — the coordinator of the team, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Asha Kumari Singh and Pema Diki Sherpa reached the summit at 6:15 pm (local time) on February 23.
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) was one of the supporters of the expedition. TAAN had provided monetary support of US$ 7,000 to the team.
“Weather was the major challenge that the team faced. Since our arrival there has not been a single summit window except February. The team made summit target on the 9th day of the expedition,” Basnet said in an email sent to TAAN. “We pushed for the summit from Camp II without setting up Camp III as there was no time for that. After 23rd, the weather worsened with lot of snow in the region.”
The women unfurled Nepali flag as well as banners of their supporters, including TAAN, on the summit.
After the summit, the women mountaineers will lead a Nepali travel delegation led by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to promote Nepali tourism products and services in Argentina and Brazil. This will be Nepal’s first tourism promotional initiatives in South America. They will also interact with local students and media persons.
The team aims to climb tallest peaks in all continents. So far, they have climbed tallest peak of four continents — Mt Everest of Asia in 2008, Mt Kosciuszko of Australia and Mt Elbrus of Europe in 2010, and Mt Kilimanjaro of Africa in 2013. They plan to climb Mt Denali/McKinley (North America) and Vincent Massif (Antarctica) later this year.