National Geographic’s 2016 Adventurer of the Year: Sherpa Woman Pasang Lhamu

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, copyright National Geographic
National Geographic Magazine just named their 2016 adventurers of the year, and it is wonderful to see a woman included in the group, especially a sherpa woman.

Pasang Lhamu is a 31 year old Sherpa who grow up in Nepal. At the tender age of 15, she decided to take up mountaineering to support herself and 6 year old sister after the passing of her parents. She has climbed and guided some of the world’s tallest and deadliest peaks, including Mt. Everest and K2, and has broken gender barriers in the Sherpa culture than tends to lack cultural opportunities for women.

She is an inspiration for all of us female adventurers, whether or not we are weekend hikers and backpackers, Appalachian Trail thru hikers, or Himalayan peak climbers.

Check out more at National Geographic to learn about Pasang Lhamu.

Happy trails!


  1. I am a father of two lovely daughters -an IT engineer and a Doctor- who enjoy going out on medical outreach treks and expeditions to help the rural villages in remote Himalayan regions days away from motorable roads. After the big earthquakes of 2015 in Nepal they were always out in the field on rescue and relief works and reaching out to those in need.

    Pasang’s goals and achievements in life are awe inspiring and I would love my daughters to learn from her! As a Nepalese father I feel proud of her and wish my daughters to learn more from her and in exchange Pasang may also learn something from my daughters.. this is a wonderful portal and I thank Nat Geo for building this platform.

  2. Hiking Lady says:

    I am so glad that you enjoyed it Donna! Thank you for the kind words about the website. That’s my goal 🙂
    Happy trails!

  3. Donna says:

    This is interesting. I just assumed that the Sherpas were all male.
    So much to learn from your website Hiking Lady..

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