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  Mt. Everest 2004: Lakpa Sherpa


Lakpa Sherpa ©George Dijmarescu

Lakpa Sherpa 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!

Article: Gheorghe Dijmarescu and Lakpa Sherpa Pursue Top of the World Double Header

Articles One Spring 2004: Climbing the slopes of Mt. Everest is sometimes as dangerous if not more dangerous than going for the summit: By George Dijmarescu

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