Lhakpa sherpa made her way into Everest Shiny Dijmarescu was 15 years old when she went to base camp with her daughter Shiny Dijmarescu. Last April it felt like a return home.

After four years of living in Nepal, she was eager to return and enjoy the views from the top. of The world’s tenth anniversary. Lhakpa could break her record for the most successful women in history if she is successful. Everest The highest ascents made by a female.

Contrary to the usual routines of most climbers, who drop into speciYou can find more information atlized training for months or even years, Lhakpa’s training regimen took place at a Whole Foods In West Hartford, Conn. she was responsible for large stacks of Boxed vegetables and fruits. Sometimes, she would hike to the top. of Mount Washington is a mere substitute for the 6 288 foot Mount Washington.

Last spring she was back in Nepal when her husband died. Everest The landscape looked completely different. The snow was significantly less and the ice was much less solid. The A team can use ropes and ladders to help each other. of The famous Khumbu Icefall was afflicted by Sherpa guides who had to work daily instead of once per week. There was more garbage than ever before. Dead bodies were also visible, which is equally devastating given the frequency with which weather conditions change. Now, as a mother in her mid-to-late 40s — she doesn’t have a birth certificate and doesn’t know her exact birthday — she felt every ounce of There is always a risk

The Lhakpa’s first encounter with Himalayan blue water ice was when she was completely naked. One of 11 children were born to the shepherd and village homemaker of Makalu in Nepal. She grew up at the top of the mountains. of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest peak at 27,825 feet. Her family couldn’t afford shoes for every child, and only her brothers were sent to school. “We had no television and no phone. I used to spend my day watching sheep and birds,” She said. “I could see Mount Everest from my village.”

Stuck at home, she’d escape the withering glare of Her disapproving mother encouraged her to venture into the mountains alone and barefoot. When she returned, her worried mother often warned her that if by some miracle she weren’t eaten by a snow leopard, nobody would ever wish to marry her.

Her father recognized her strength. One spring, he sent her up above Makalu’s base camp to collect the spring lambs and yak calves before snow leopards found them. She ran into Sherpa women in their technical attire, complete with ropes & ice axes. They were getting ready to climb the mountain. She made a vow to one day be one of They were offered these jobs, even though Sherpa females weren’t eligible.

“I promised myself that I would reach the top of Everest one day,” She said.

In her first search for work, she was a porter. at Age 15. Babu Chhiri Sherpa is a legendary guide who, in 1999, spent an incredible 21 hours climbing the summit of Mount Everest Without supplemental oxygen, she took a chance once she was 17.

She started as a porter, carrying heavy loads up steep mountains, and was promoted to a kitchen boy — a title that illustrates Lhakpa’s unusual career path — within two years. She’d hike and climb all day, then set up the kitchen tent and peel onions and garlic for hours on end before serving guides and their clients. About $50 per month was her salary.

In 2000, not quite 10 years since she’d become a porter, Lhakpa approached the future Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala, then best known as Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s daughter, with a pitch to fund the first Nepali women-only Everest expedition. The Seven-woman group, the Daughters of EverestThey began their journey in May of that year.

Six people were killed on the day that the team set out to climb the summit. of Both of them died from altitude sickness. Lhakpa was then the second Nepali female to summit the mountain and first woman back to the base camp. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first person to climb the mountain in 1993. However, she succumbed on the descent.

The Lhakpa summited the next year Everest She died again less than three months after Babu Chhiri, her mentor, fell into a crevasse near the second camp. She would not lose her friends again on the mountain.

When a block was created in 2014, she was there. of Ice the right size of A building that was razed Everest’s western slope and an ice avalanche wiped out a Sherpa team in the Khumbu icefall. Sixteen died. Her body was still in rest. at It was the site of an earthquake that struck at 7.8magnitude on April 25, 2015. The event triggered many avalanches. The Base camp was hit by the deadliest tornado. It’s estimated that 22 people lost their lives on Everest That was the day. Half were Nepali.

“I’ve lost many of my heroes, many of my best friends,” She said.

After marrying George Dijmarescu, a Romanian climber in 2002, her climbing career took a new turn. They ran a painting and roofing business together. Lhakpa loved the physical labor. She’d climb ladders with shingles piled on one shoulder, tear apart old roofs and piece together new ones. She said that Dijmarescu died in 2020 after Sunny was born. She said that he had beaten her one night in 2012. The help of of She was a social worker in a hospital and she fled with her daughters to shelter, where they lived for eighteen months.

In desperate need of work, she got a job as a house cleaner and moved her family to a smaller apartment. Clients occasionally heard her last name. They asked if they knew anyone who had ever climbed great mountains. Her cousin and brother had both followed her into the business and were now leading their own expedition agencies, so she’d nod politely and keep her accomplishments to herself.

One day, she began washing dishes in a commercial kitchen. of You can find more information at Whole Foods branch. Your co-workers slowly learned. of Her story is that she sometimes left town to lead foreigners up Mount Everest. Everest. The money she earned went toward her daughters’ college savings.

Her supermarket job was gone in 2022 and she decided to go on her 10th summit. Everest The equivalent of 500 home runs, or 3,000 baseball hits for mountaineering? It was accomplished by 34 men. Twenty-six of These were Nepali. of Babu Chhiri is of Sherpa heritage, while Lhakpa desired to break yet another Himalayan glass roof.

As usual, she had no sponsors. Lack of sponsorship deals is not a new issue in women’s climbing, and if she were going to successfully summit the mountain, she would need to do so with her own funding.

It seemed like all was well when a May weather window of three days opened. of The base camp had been mobilized in preparation for the summit push. “Everybody has a dream to reach the summit, but there is only one rope,” Lhakpa said, “and there were so many traffic jams.”

She reached 26,000 feet at Around 10 p.m. I continued climbing to the death zone at 26,247ft, where there were good chances. of succumbing to high-altitude pulmonary edema or high-altitude cerebral edema — both of which can be deadly — rise with each passing hour. Lhakpa had been breathing in bottled oxygen. However, those canisters last only so long.

The word of Shiny, who was attempting to reach the summit, made a Puja. This Hindu ritual prays for safety passage. She had a walkie-talkie by her ear to hear the exact moment — 6:30 a.m. on May 12 — that her mother reached the roof of The world at large for the 10th consecutive time. The summit is just the beginning. She was still in danger, and with 200 climbers coming up behind her Lhakpa didn’t linger long.

Her name was Out of She was utterly tired and needed water and food. Her anxious mind tried to persuade her to rest while she walked down the mountain. That deadly urge she felt was stopped time and time again when she remained focused on her family.

Shiny who has always chosen out of She returned from hiking trips with her mother and made the long climb to the top of the first camp in order to be there for her mother’s celebration. When Lhakpa arrived, Shiny saw her immigrant mother — who had worked so hard and overcome so much — in full bloom for the first time. Tears streamed down Lhakpa’s cheeks, which had been baked to crackling from the sun and wind.

Despite her achievement being widely reported in the climbing media, no sponsors came calling. After her climb, she returned to Connecticut without a job or bills. Whole Foods couldn’t bring her back on board for months. It was her only choice to once again clean homes.

But Lhakpa didn’t consider that a setback. And then those Whole Foods She was already imagining the next season of her Himalayan adventure when she got back to work in September. She’s planning to climb K2 in 2023, in addition to another summit attempt on Everest. She hopes to be able to offer both. of Her daughters and a team accompany her to base camp. of All over the world, girls are interested in this topic.

“I hope I will bring 20 daughters,” She said. “I want to teach them climbing skills and show them that all girls can climb mountains.”