After weeks of voting, National Geographic’s People’s Choice award has been given to mountaineer, adventurer and Sherpa Adventure Gear Ambassador Pasang Lhamu.
The 31 year-?old grew up in Lukla, Nepal and has paved the way for Sherpa women through her mountaineering skills as well as her tireless community work in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015.
Pasang Lhamu became Nepal’s first female mountaineering instructor, after becoming one of the first students at the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) which provides formal climbing instruction to Nepalis. KCC founder Conrad Anker has acknowledged Pasang’s skill and talent; “More than this is her dedication to the people of Nepal. From teaching safe mountain practices to garnering support after the 2015 earthquake, Pasang Lhamu has been a role model for women, the Nepali people, and climbers.”
Currently working on a foundation to provide educational opportunities for women and girls in Nepal, she aims to resolve the disparity in what is commonly recognized as a male-?dominated society. Pasang Lhamu is passionate about furthering the wellbeing of women and girls in this way, since she identifies education as the key to her own success and achievements.