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First Women Team on Kanchenjunga
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.