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Supporting women mountaineers in Nepal

Ama Dablam (6,812m), a majestic ice-capped cone in the Himalayas of Nepal, has long haunted the dreams of Pema and Dawa, two young Nepalese women who would love to become mountain guides. Climbing this steep, technical peak is an excursion for expert climbers.

SEPTEMBER 2014

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Their dream became reality on November 23, 2011, when they reached the summit along with two French women, becoming the first French-Nepalese female party to reach the top of the Ama Dablam..

Nepalese climbers

The Petzl Foundation supported this expedition, whose social aspect (the status of women in Nepal) made it more than just a sporting achievement. Mountain guide training for women is currently almost non-existent since the profession is reserved almost exclusively for men.

This expedition showed that Nepalese women have talents of their own to express in the mountains.

Stéphanie Maxheim, Ama Dablam expedition leader said:

Stéphanie Maxheim "This project was difficult to set up but has been a real success. Not only did we reach the top, but we also shared some truly moving moments with these two young Nepalese climbers. It was very intense and symbolic, particularly since it coincided with Nepal's admission into the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations)."

Updated in september 2014


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