Hundreds of climbers have reached the summit of Everest over the past week, including the Canadian mother/daughter team of Liliya Ianovskaia and Dasha Ianovskaia. They were guided by 8K Everest Expeditions, with which Canadian David Bethell also summited.
The lead guide for the climb was Pema Chhiring Sherpa, who was joined by Lakpa T Sherpa, Tsering Dawa Sherpa, Pemba Tashi Sherpa, Mingma Dorchi Sherpa, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Pemnurbu Sherpa, Dawa Lama Sherpa, Pemba D. Sherpa, Lakpa Sherpa and Tsering Samduk Sherpa.
Liliya Ianovskaia took up mountaineering at the age of 50, after the birth of her third granddaughter. Less than two years later, in 2011, she went on her first expedition, joined by Dasha, for a successful climb of Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) in Tanzania.
Liliya, sometimes with Dasha, went on to climb Aconcagua (6,962 m), Matterhorn (4,478 m), Pico de Arizaba (5,636 m), Cotopaxi (5,897 m), Lobuche (6,119 m), Antisana (5,804 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Alpamayo (5,947 m) and Huarapasca (5,418 m). Last year, at 61, she was hoping to climb Everest, becoming the oldest Canadian woman to do so. Unfortunately, she missed the summit bid while recovering from Covid-19. With her summit this week, Liliya has achieved that goal.
The team of climbers who fixed the ropes to the summit of Everest this year were Kami Rita (for a record 26 ascents), Sona Sherpa as co-leader, Ngima Tashi Sherpa, Phurba Tsering Sherpa, Tenjing Gyaljen Sherpa, Lakpa Tenji Sherpa, Phurba Kusang Sherpa, Mingma Dandhu Sherpa, Pastenji Sherpa, Tareman Tamang and Phurba Chhotar.
Also this week, British mountaineer Kenton Cool completed his 16th summit, the most ever by a climber not from Nepal. We’re reached out to Liliya and Darya about their climb and will soon have a follow-up story. Congratulations to all climbers for their successful ascents this spring.