Nepalese mountaineer first woman to climb Mt. Everest twice

Featured South East Asia - February 26th, 2013
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A Nepalese mountaineer has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a single climbing season.

Chhurim Sherpa, 29, reached the 8,848-meter (29,028-feet) peak on May 12, and again a mere week later on May 19, according to AFP.

“I am very happy for this recognition. I was determined that the record should be held by a Nepalese woman and I’m proud to be one,” Sherpa told reporters at a ceremony in the capital city of Kathmandu where she was handed an official record certificate. Sherpa is said to hail from Nepal’s eastern hills.

Around 3,000 people have made it to the top of the world’s tallest mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first made the summit in 1953.

Only 21 Nepalese women have climbed Mount Everest so far but no female has achieved the same feat as Sherpa’s. The first woman to reach the summit of Everest was Pasang Lhamu who died on her descent in 1993.