Nima Jangmu heads for Mt Kanchenjunga for world record

KATHMANDU: A Sherpa climber who has become the only Nepali woman to summit Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse together in a season last week today left for the world’s third highest mountain aiming to be the only woman in the world to ascend all three highest mountains in a climbing season.

Born in the shadow of Mt Chobuje in the Rolwaling Valley in Dolakha district, Nima Jangmu Sherpa (27) would attempt to climb Mt Kanchenjunga later this week, Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, Managing Director at Imagine Treks, told THT, before leaving for Taplejung.

Earlier, Nima Jangmu reached the summit point guiding her clients to the top of the world – Mt Everest- on May 14 while she had also scaled Mt Lhotse on April 29, Sherpa said. Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Lhotse are the second and third highest mountains in Nepal.

Nima Jangmu, who arrived here yesterday after summiting Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse, said that she was determined to achieve the feat. “I want to ascend all three highest mountains in a season to show the world that Nepali women are also endowed with courage and determination,” she said, adding that Mingma Gyalje would also accompany her to the summit point.

According to Lakpa Sherpa, Managing Director at Expedition Base Pvt. Ltd, at least 11 climbers led by Dawa Steven Sherpa of Asian Trek made it to the summit of Mt Kanchenjunga this morning. Lakpa along with Pemba Gyaljen Sherpa, Chris Jensen Burke of New Zealand, Russian climber Sergey Baranov and German climber Herbert Hellmuth scaled the mountain on Wednesday evening, becoming the first team to reach the summit. At least 44 climbers of five expedition teams obtained permit from the Department of Tourism to attempt to climb Mt Kanchenjunga this season.