KATHMANDU, Nepal–Three Nepali female climbers are planning to set the world record by climbing Mt K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, this spring season.
Aspirant mountaineers Maya Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa will commence their 90-day journey to K2 also known as ‘mountain of mountains’ on June 15. If the team becomes a success, it will be the first Nepali female team of expedition to scale K2.
After its first ascent by Italian climber 60 years ago, only eight women have successfully climbed 8,611m tallest peak.
According to Himalayan Women Welfare Society, the expedition is organised by Himalayan Women Welfare Society in coordination with Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal and other agencies.
K2 is known as the ‘CruelMountain’ owing to the extreme difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died while attempting K2.
Since it is hazardous to reach the peak of K2 from the Chinese side; it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side.