Nepal women aiming high for Women's Day

4th Mar 2013

A group of women climbers from Nepal are aiming to change the all-male image of mountaineering in their country by climbing the tallest mountain on every continent.

The women, aged between 21 and 32, have already climbed Mount Everest in Asia, Kosciuszko in Australia and Elbrus in Europe.

Their next target is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to mark International Women's Day this week.

"The main goal of our mission is to encourage women in education, empowerment and environment," said Shailee Basnet, the 29-year-old team leader.

Nepalese people account for more than half of the 3,755 climbers to have scaled Everest, but only 21 of those locals are women. The mountain is also popular with foreign tourists who like to pit their wits against one of the toughest climbs in the world.

The group of women climbed Everest in 2008 - a feat which inspired them to go even further and take on the tallest peaks on the six other continents around the world.

They have since spoken in over 100 schools across Nepal to tell students about their mission.

"We are hoping to attract more women to mountaineering, both as a profession and as a hobby," said Pema Dikki, 25, another member of the team.

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