First Women Team on Kanchenjunga

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Raised by 96 people in 23 months
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Dawa Yangzum Sherpa  DENVER, CO
After our successful ascent of K2 in 2014, we immediately set our sights on Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.  After climbing Everest, K2 and other high mountains, the allure of Mt. Kanchenjunga is simply inescapable.  However, with the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, we decided to postpone this climb until 2017.  After months of planning and preparation, we are excited to begin this 60 day expedition in early April 2017, with an expected summit attempt of Mt. Kanchenjunga in mid May. 

Mt. Kanchenjunga doesn't have the cache of Mt. Everest, nor does it have the notoriety of Mt. K2.  In fact, many expert climbers even agree that the mountain is deadlier than K2.  Since the 1990s, more than a one fifth of people climbing Kanchenjunga's main peak have perished.  However, for us climbers, it is precisely such challenges that motivate us to move forward, and attempt the climb. 

We also believe this climb is about empowerment for women, especially in the male dominated and adrenaline driven sports of mountaineering, and specifically, in the context of male-dominated societies in Nepal. Our ascents on K2 and Everest were living proof that given the opportunity, women can train just as hard, and climb just as hard. We are very hopeful that our adventures will encourage other women and young girls to have the courage to pursue their dreams, whether in climbing, or anything.  In fact, we are already receving many beautiful heart-felt messages from young girls.  

To date, only 344 climbers have summitted Kanchenjunga, and among them, only nine are women climbers. 

We have exhaustively prepared ourselves for the last three years for this climb.  However, a significant portion of this venture is obviously financial.  To a large extent, we are paying for the expenses ourselves.  However, the total cost is quite significant, and since we are not funded by a large donor or a big sponsorship, we do need your help.  Therefore, any contribution that you can provide would be highly appreciated.  

Thank you so much for all your help.

Maya Sherpa
Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

Maya, Dawa Yangzum and Passang Lhamu on K2 in 2014

Mt. Kanchenjunga: 28,169 feet (8686 meters)

Dawa Yangzum enjoying the freedom of the mountains 

Maya Sherpa on one of her many climbing feats

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita fitting right into the mountains
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Update 15
Posted by Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
20 months ago
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This year, Kanchenjunga has decided not to let anyone climb up on it. With the weather getting increasingly more unpleasant, we have all decided to turn around, and head towards Kathmandu. It's clearly a very disappointing decision, and we would obviously wish that we could return with a summit.

Thank you everyone for all your wishes, and support,
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Update 14
Posted by Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
20 months ago
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This year, Kanchenjunga has decided not to let anyone climb up on it. With the weather getting increasingly more unpleasant, we have all decided to turn around, and head towards Kathmandu. It's clearly a very disappointing decision, and we would obviously wish that we could return with a summit.

Thank you everyone for all your wishes, and support,
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Update 13
Posted by Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
20 months ago
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We are safely back in Base Camp now, and we are discussing whether to attempt the summit again on May 23 or 24. That will depend on a lot of factors, especially the weather. Physically, we are feeling very good, and could definitely go for another attempt. This year, no one has been able to climb Kanchenjunga yet, and some of the climbers are beginning to leave Base Camp and head back to Kathmandu.
The main reason for the turnaround was the depth of snow, and how far we had to continue to climb above 8,000 meters. After 12 hours of climb from Camp IV through deep snow, we had reached all the way to 8,175 meters. But there was another six hours of climb, about 400 meters of vertical ascend, and it seemed very risky to continue, especially due to the deep snow, and the fact that the climb was all above 8,000 meters, essentially the death zone. Unlike most of the other 8,000 meter mountains, Kanchenjunga requires a lot of horizontal climb within the death zone.

Thank you for your support and prayers
We turned around here: altitude 8,175 m
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Update 12
Posted by Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
20 months ago
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After 12 hours of climb from Camp IV, we had reached all the way to 8,175 meters, but the entire team made the decision to turn back for a couple of good reasons. There was another six hours of climb, about 400 meters of vertical ascend, remaining and it seemed very risky to continue. We are safely back in BaseCamp now. We are currently mulling over whether to make another attempt.

Thank you for your support and prayers.
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Jangbu Sherpa
23 months ago
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hi iam jangbu sherpa .iwish you best of luck all sis..

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Sushmita Gurung
23 months ago
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I wish you Best of luck to all three of you. Tula

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Nurbu Tsering Sherpa
23 months ago
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hello maya sis i'am nurbu tsering sherpa best of luck .

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Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
23 months ago
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Thank you !

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Josephine Johnson
20 months ago

You are wise and strong. So glad to hear you are back in thick air recuperating and considerng another attempt. Be safe and enjoy the adventure no matter where it ends!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Wise decision to return back when conditions proved to be to hard & risky. Good to know you´re back in BC and you will make another wise choice based on your experience from the first try about another attempt or not, whatever you decide you have done great! All the best!

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Brigitte Suzanne Catherine Wilputte
20 months ago

What such a smart decision, thank to Dawa Sherpa, I fellow your adventure from Belgium and support you with all my thoughts, go ahead wise women!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Good decision & great to know you are all back safely in BC.

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Lasd Mike
20 months ago

GIRL POWER ROCKS! Surakṣita huna

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Josephine Johnson
20 months ago

Best wishes for a strong and safe climb to the three of you. Will be thinking of you as the summit gets closer. Stay warm and focused!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Great news hope u have good rest in C3 and all the best for tomorrow!✌️

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Best wishes for a swift and safe climb! Om mani padme Hum!

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Marni Suu Reynolds
20 months ago

Loving the women empowerment - amazing undertaking and the best of luck to all 3 of you!!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

You all three are such great role models and examples of personal drive, motivation and determination as well as what is possible when working together as a team with a common objective! Wish you all the best in the next few days to come for a safe and successful ascent of the one of the greatest and most sacred mountains on earth! Om mani padme hum!

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Maureen McAteer Vasily
20 months ago

My prayers and best wishes go with you Pasang, my friend.

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Josephine Johnson
21 months ago

Wishing you still winds, sure footing, and good health. Climb strong and know the world is watching. Best Wishes!

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Namgya Sherpa
21 months ago

I wish my best of luck to all of you three . Have safe and successful climb on Kanchenjunga.

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Maya Sherpa
22 months ago

Thank you everyone.

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Raised by 96 people in 23 months
Created February 21, 2017
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Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
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Caroline Buckee
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Yasuko Nomura
20 months ago
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Best of luck

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Bryan Heifner
20 months ago
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I'll never forget climbing with Pasang! Namaste Ladies

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Joan Halifax
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Meredith Broderick
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Paul Koubek
20 months ago
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It is an honor to work with the two of you!

Jangbu Sherpa
23 months ago
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hi iam jangbu sherpa .iwish you best of luck all sis..

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Sushmita Gurung
23 months ago
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I wish you Best of luck to all three of you. Tula

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Nurbu Tsering Sherpa
23 months ago
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hello maya sis i'am nurbu tsering sherpa best of luck .

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Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
23 months ago
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Thank you !

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Josephine Johnson
20 months ago

You are wise and strong. So glad to hear you are back in thick air recuperating and considerng another attempt. Be safe and enjoy the adventure no matter where it ends!

+ Read More
Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Wise decision to return back when conditions proved to be to hard & risky. Good to know you´re back in BC and you will make another wise choice based on your experience from the first try about another attempt or not, whatever you decide you have done great! All the best!

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Brigitte Suzanne Catherine Wilputte
20 months ago

What such a smart decision, thank to Dawa Sherpa, I fellow your adventure from Belgium and support you with all my thoughts, go ahead wise women!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Good decision & great to know you are all back safely in BC.

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Lasd Mike
20 months ago

GIRL POWER ROCKS! Surakṣita huna

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Josephine Johnson
20 months ago

Best wishes for a strong and safe climb to the three of you. Will be thinking of you as the summit gets closer. Stay warm and focused!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Great news hope u have good rest in C3 and all the best for tomorrow!✌️

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

Best wishes for a swift and safe climb! Om mani padme Hum!

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Marni Suu Reynolds
20 months ago

Loving the women empowerment - amazing undertaking and the best of luck to all 3 of you!!

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Tommy Gustafsson
20 months ago

You all three are such great role models and examples of personal drive, motivation and determination as well as what is possible when working together as a team with a common objective! Wish you all the best in the next few days to come for a safe and successful ascent of the one of the greatest and most sacred mountains on earth! Om mani padme hum!

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Maureen McAteer Vasily
20 months ago

My prayers and best wishes go with you Pasang, my friend.

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Josephine Johnson
21 months ago

Wishing you still winds, sure footing, and good health. Climb strong and know the world is watching. Best Wishes!

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Namgya Sherpa
21 months ago

I wish my best of luck to all of you three . Have safe and successful climb on Kanchenjunga.

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Maya Sherpa
22 months ago

Thank you everyone.

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