Nepal’s Purnima Shrestha has become the first woman mountaineer to successfully ascend the world’s eight tallest peak, Mount Dhaulagiri.
Purnima, along with 19 team members, scaled the 8,167-metre peak located at Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality-4 in Myagdi district at 5 AM today.
The mountaineering team had started their climb on September 18 from Marpha of Mustang district with the management of the Seven Summit Trekking Company, Kathmandu.
“This is the first ascent to Mt. Dhaulagiri by a Nepali woman. Prior to this, there is no record of Nepali woman climbing to Mt Dhaulagiri before,” said the trekking company’s head Mingma Sherpa.
However, it is yet to be confirmed whether Shrestha and other members of the expedition team ascended to the top of the mountain.
Photojournalist by profession, Purnima earlier this year scaled Mt. Annapurna-I on April 16. Likewise, she also successfully scaled world’s tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Amadablam.
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