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EverestHistory.com:  Pemba Doma Sherpa 


Pemba Doma Sherpa became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest (Chomolungma-Goddess, Mother of Earth) and survive from the North side. (Lakpa Sherpa was the first Nepalese woman (Sherpas woman) to summit Everest and survive.) She is the second Nepalese woman who summited Everest twice.

Pemba was raised by her grandfather in the small village of Namche Bazaar. In the Himalayan foothills Pemba’s ambition to climb Everest grew at a young age while watching the tourists and climbers pace by. Pemba would sometimes miss her school classes to accompany her grandfather to the mountains where he sometimes worked as a mountain guide. By the age of seven Pemba was already working on her climbing skills and had climbed to 5000m. The first successful peak she climbed was Island Peak (6200m), which is considered one of the hardest Himalayan peaks to climb.

Pemba was determined to climb Everest, but due to the financial demands of the mountain she moved to France in her early 20’s and worked as a babysitter. This allowed her to start saving money. In 1999 she was invited to join a Swiss expedition team up Everest. Pemba continues to climb lower mountains in the Himalaya as well as hopes to climb Everest a third time. She also works to, “set an example and to empower all people, especially women, to realize their goals and fulfill their dreams, whether it be climbing Everest or going back to school”.

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