Nahida Manzoor, 26, from Zewan, Srinagar, on Tuesday became the first Kashmiri woman to successfully summit the Mount Everest.
“The Fourth summit of the day is Nahida Manzoor along with
her Sherpa Guide Nima Kancha. Nahida has been passionate about snow peaks and
took to the mountains at a very young age,” Transcend Adventures posted on
their official Facebook page.
Nahida and her group left from Everest Base camp for the
summit on Saturday and on Tuesday she scaled the peak. It will take her at
least two days to return to the base camp.
“At present we don’t
have full details about the summit as the communication on south side is not
great. She was part of five member mountaineers apart from Sherpas. Tomorrow
morning we can provide full details,” Transcend Adventures official Kamlesh
told Greater Kashmir.
Nahida had on 4 March started crowd funding to support her
Soon after Greater Kashmir carried her story about crowd
funding, TCI Max came forward to sponsor part of her journey and then Deputy
Commissioner Srinagar also sponsored her. He then played pivotal role in
helping her to get further sponsorship from J&K State Sports Council.
Mount Everest, at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft), is the world’s
highest mountain and a particularly desirable peak for mountaineers. More than
4,000 people have scaled the summit since Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing
Norgay first conquered the mountain in 1953. Hundreds have also perished. Apart
from technical hazards and physical ability, the cost of the climb—ranging
between $25,000 and $40,000—also discourages many.
Nahida completed her Basic Mountaineering Course and Advance
Mountaineering Course (ABVIMAS) from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM).
She has also done Special Mountaineering Course and Method
of Instructions both from NIM. She has so far scaled the 6001-metre-high Mount
Deo Tibba-Manali and Friendship Peak of Himachal Pradesh (height 5289 metres).
In Kashmir she has scaled Mount Mahadev and Mount Tatakooti.
Before leaving for the expedition Nahida had told Greater
Kashmir that it was her dream to scale the Everest since she was 10.
“When I started there were hardly any women who went for the
expeditions, trekking and not to think about undertaking training courses in
mountaineering. Now the things have changed and I am seeing more and more girls
joining adventure sport,” she had said.
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