Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, the Nepalese climber who gained international attention for her relief efforts in her home country following the devastating avalanche on Mount Everest in April, was given the 2016 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year award on Thursday by National Geographic.
“I am very humbled and happy to receive this award, although I believe there are many other adventurers who also deserve it,” Pasang Lhamu told National Geographic while accepting the award.
“I would like to thank my supporters back home in Nepal and around the world, and I am very appreciative to get all of their support. I would also like to thank National Geographic for recognizing our efforts helping Nepal. Personally, I hope receiving this award will encourage more women all over the world, especially in Asia, to enter the mountaineering world.”
Considered one of the best female climbers in the world, Pasang Lhamu is the first-ever female mountaineering instructor in Nepal and recently summited K2, possibly the world’s deadliest peak, in 2014.
But those mountaineering feats pale in comparison to her humanitarian efforts to help her country heal from the earthquake that shook it to its foundation. She raised money to buy emergency supplies for remote villages in Nepal, notably contributing over 10,000 blankets to the Dolpo region of Western Nepal, which is in the midst of a brutally cold winter.
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