At the top! K2 Expedition ‘Women Climbing for Climate Change’ a Success


As part of the first Nepali Women K2 Expedition 2014, three young women climbers from Nepal – Maya Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa – successfully summitted K2 at about 14:45 local time on the afternoon of 26 July 2014. Climbing with the message ‘Women Climbing for Climate Change’, the team has set a new world record as the first women from Nepal to summit the second highest peak in the world. The team set off on their journey from Kathmandu to Pakistan on 17 June 2014.  

K2 is known among climbers as one of the most technically difficult peaks in the world. Ascents on even the easiest route require crossing a complicated glacier, ascending steep sections of rock, and negotiating a path around a series of ice pillars called seracs, which are prone to collapse without warning. The technical difficulty of this mountain makes it one of the most dangerous in the world.

The expedition proved to be difficult for the three Nepali women. After making a vertical ascent from the K2 base camp, the team arrived at Camp 4 on 25 July. They started their final climb at midnight from Camp 4 and reached the summit of K2 the next afternoon. They stayed at the summit for only ten minutes due to deteriorating weather conditions. The ICIMOD banner was displayed at the summit along with those of other organizations supporting the team. The team made their way down slowly and finally reached Camp 4 at 22:00 on 26 July. They returned to the K2 base camp on 29 July. 

Upon their return to Kathmandu the team will deliver a seminar at ICIMOD to share their findings and experiences including their observations and interactions with communities about climate change and their experience as women leaders.

Read earlier ICIMOD news on the expedition at

Photo courtesy: K2 Expedition Team