Woman climber Nima Jangmu Sherpa sets world record

KATHMANDU: A Nepali woman climber has set a world record by scaling all three highest mountains in a climbing season.

Nima Jangmu Sherpa, 28, made the historic ascent on Mt Kanchenjunga this morning becoming the only woman in the world to climb Nepal’s three highest peaks above 8,000 metres in a single season within 25 days, according to Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. She has also become the only Nepali woman to stand atop the world’s third highest peak, according to the officials at the Department of Tourism.

Born in the shadow of Mt Chobuje in the Rolwaling Valley in Dolakha district, Nima Jangmu reached the summit of  the world’s third highest mountain at around 6:00am, Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, Managing Director at Imagine Treks, told THT from the base camp. “Nima Jangmu along with three other climbers scaled the mountain,” he added.

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. Except Nima Jangmu, no other woman in the world has scaled all three peaks in a climbing season, Shrestha shared.

Before leaving for Taplejung on Sunday, Nima Jangmu told THT 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 added.

Phur Gyaljen Sherpa, Nawang Rapke Sherpa and Chinese climber Hong Dong Xuan also scaled Mt Kanchenjunga at 6:20am, according to Mingma Gyalje Sherpa.