Mar 062013

Scaling Everest to the summit at 29,035 ft (8,850m) is a feat for anyone, but doing it twice in a week, is incredible. Twenty-nine-year-old Chhurim Sherpa climbed Everest on May 12th and May 19th in 2012.  Recently, she was entered into the Guiness Book of Records as the only female to climb the mountain in the same season.

Everest was first scaled by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.  Since then 4,000 climbers have reached its peak.

Presenting her idea to certain males proved a formidable task as many voiced the idea that as a woman she was unworthy to set a foot on the sacred mountain.

Chhurim is the sixth of eight children born in a tiny village in the shadow of the world’s third highest peak, Kangchenjunga  a little smaller than Everest at 28,169 ft.

A Japanese woman climber became the model for Chhurim.  Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Everest in 1975.  Chhurim wanted to be the first Napali woman to climb Everest, but in 1993, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa achieved that goal only to die on the descent.

One major drawback to any climber reaching Everest’s summit is sponsorship.  Maya Sherpa, another Sherpa woman who has reached this high summit, said expenses keep many women from achieving their goals.

Chhurim preserved.  She left school at grade eight and joined a climbing training course run by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.  For many years, a Nepali hiking group paid her fees for future endeavours.

Finally, after Hindu and Buddhist rituals, Chhurim climbed and planted prayer flags as soon as she reached the top.  Her next goal, to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents.

Chhurim presents women and young girls with a model to emmulate.  She let no one take away her dreams.  She persisted until she found a sponsorship.  Chhurim is a woman of incredible courage and integrity.  She salute her on March 8, 2013 on International Women’s Day.

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