Guinness World Records confirmed that Chhurim Sherpa, a 29-year-old woman, is the first woman to summit Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. Not only did she climb it in the same climbing season, but she climbed it twice in one week. Although Chhurim was recognized with a certificate by Guinness only a few days ago, the climbs actually took place back in May of 2012.
Mount Everest presents only a small window of good weather each year that allows climbers to reach the summit. Chhurim took advantage of that brief window last spring. Attempting to summit Mount Everest is a dangerous task, but with more and more people wanting to attempt it and traffic jams at the Hilary Step, which is the push for the summit and only one mountaineer can climb at a time, it has proven to be even more dangerous and deadly. By May 23, 2012, there were 10 deaths reported on Everest.
Chhurim Sherpa accomplished the first summit on May 12, 2012. She descended to the base camp for a few days of rest then scaled Everest again on May 19. Chhurim stated, "Everest is the first of the highest mountains that I have climbed, but I will continue mountaineering and hope to scale more peaks. 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.”
With the “top of the world” under her belt, Chhurim will surely scale more peaks with her determination. “This is a big recognition for me,” said Chhurim, “I was very happy that I could accomplish what I had always wanted to do.” Congratulations to Chhurim Sherpa for an incredible feat.