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Women Made History on Annapurna Today

A record number of climbers reached the summit on April 16

A record 68 climbers, including six Nepali women, reached the summit of Annapurna on April 16. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world and sees annual attempts and summits. In 2021, a number of teams are lined up to tag the top.

Purnima Shrestha, Dawa Yangjung, Dabhuti Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Sharmila Tamang and Maya Sherpa became the first Nepali women to climb the mountain. Their success comes 43 years after the first time two women, both from the U.S.A. reached the top in 1978. And Priyanka Mangesh Mohite became the first Indian woman to summit. Uruguaya-Mexicana Vanessa Estol was one of the first climbers to reach the summit. She’s currently on her way down.

This is the highest number of climbers reaching the top of the mountain on a single day. The previous record was on May 1, 2016, when 32 climbers summited. All the climbers nearly reached the top yesterday but abandoned their effort. A helicopter then restocked camp four, the highest camp at 7,000 metres.

Lu Chang Han and Gesman Tamang climbed the 8,091-metre peak without oxygen. A number of Nepali women also summited, including Dawa Yangjum Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Dabhuti Sherpa and Purnima Shrestha. And Sirbaz Khan and Abdul Joshi became the first Pakistani climbers to reach the summit.

The Department of Tourism issued permits for 44 Nepali and foreign climbers to climb Annapurna in 2021.