A mountain so nice, she climbed it twice
Chhurim said there are not many women mountaineers and only a few of them have set records.
"The male mountaineers have set many records but women have fallen behind. It can be difficult for women because they are considered not as strong as men and face many problems like finding toilets," she said.
At 29,035 feet, Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain. It is is more than 5 miles straight up. Mount Everest is in Nepal, which is a small country between India and China on the continent of Asia.
Chhurim, who uses only one name like most Sherpas, said she is not ready to quit. Sherpas are renowned for their skill in mountaineering. She is 29 years old.
"Everest is the first of the highest mountains that I have climbed, but I will continue mountaineering and hope to scale more peaks," she said.
The Nepal Mountaineering Association said Everest has been climbed by nearly 4,000 people since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal did so in 1953. Women are a small number of them.
The extremely harsh weather conditions that batter the highest Himalayan peaks limit the climbing season to just a few weeks every year. Spring is the most popular season on Everest when hundreds of mountaineers attempt every year. The climbers generally reach the mountain in March or April, acclimatize to the higher elevation and low oxygen and train for climbing the snowy trail to the peak. The weather usually improves for a few days in May when they line up to the summit.
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- Posted on February 26, 2013