Who was the first Nepali woman to climb Mount Everest

The first Nepali woman to climb Mount Everest is Pasang Lhamu Sherpa. She was a renowned mountaineer from Nepal. She had attempted to climb Mount Everest three times before but did not succeed. Pasang succeed to climb Mount Everest on April 22, 1993, by the South Col via the Southeast Ridge route.

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Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was born on 16 December, 1961 in Solukhumbu, Nepal. She was married to Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa and has three children, two lovely daughters (Davia-phuti and Dikki) and a son (Namgyal). She successfully climbed several mountains such as Mount Pisang (6091m), Mt. Blank(4848m), Yala Peak(5800m) etc.

Tragically, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s success was short-lived. The weather on Everest suddenly turned bad while descending from the summit and the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Mt Everest passed away.

The Government of Nepal declared her a national hero and named the 7315 meters high Jasamba Mountain of Mahalangur Range as Pasang Lhamu Peak, also renamed Trisuli Dunche Road as Pasang Lhamu Highway. She is also called “Rashtriya Bibhuti” by Late King Birendra. Postage stamps carried her photograph in her honor and there is a life-size statue in Boudha, Kathmandu.

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