grew up with her nine siblings in Makalu, Nepal, an impoverished village with
no roads, school, or medical facility, at the foot of the fifth tallest
mountain in world. When an accident in the mountains took the life of the
father of her child, Sherpa was left as an illiterate, single mother with few
prospects. With the help of friends, Sherpa wrote a letter expressing her
desire to climb Mt. Everest to help Sherpa women make a living in the
mountains the way that Sherpa men did. That letter convinced the daughter of
the Prime Minister of Nepal to train and organize the firsts all-Sherpani
Everest expedition. In 2000, as leader of the all-female Sherpa expedition,
she became the first Nepali woman to climb Mount Everest and survive. She was
the only member of the team to reach the summit. Lakpa Sherpa, who left Makalu
on foot, returned to her village in a helicopter filled with money she had
earned on her climb. She donated much of her earnings to the people of Makalu.
At a reception with the King of Nepal, Lakpa Sherpa was awarded the medal of
the Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu. She is the only woman to have received that
honor. Lakpa Sherpa met Gheorghe Dijmarescu at a party commemorating her
ascent in Kathmandu. A year later they married and she joined him in Hartford.
Last May Lakpa Sherpa and Dijmarescu returned to Mt. Everest together. Lakpa
reached the summit for the third time – more times than any other woman. She
was joined on last year’s climb by her brother, two cousins and her sister,
who, at 15-years-old, became the youngest person ever to climb the mountain.
With relatives now working on high altitude climbs in Nepal, Tibet and
Pakistan, Lakpa Sherpa and George Dijmarescu have become the heart of one of
the world’s great families of high-altitude mountaineers. Lakpa’s dream is
that, through her mountaineering accomplishments, she can raise the money
needed to build a school and medical clinic in Makalu so that her people can
overcome the illiteracy and poor medical care that have been her family’s
greatest challenges in life.
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Lakpa Sherpa is now the only woman to have climbed Mt. Everest three times.
In 2004 she will attempt Everest again trying for her 4th summit. She will go with her husband
George Dijmarescu who will go for his 6th Summit of Mt Everest in 6 years!
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