Jamshedpur : Seven Summits Women Team, which is the first female team in the world to climb the highest mountain in each continent, shared their journey of struggle and empowering others.
Shailee Basnet (31), Asha Kumari Singh (28), Prema Diki Sherpa (27), Maya Gurung (35) and Nimdoma Sherpa (24), all members of Kathmandu-based 7 Summits Women Team, participated in the orientation programme at SNTI Auditorium, Bistupur.
District governor team with Rajeev Ranjan, Kanchan Singh, Rajnish Kumar and Past District Governor Sudipto Mukherjee were present on the occasion. The team said they have taken up the tough task of channelising the lives of girls who have fallen victims to trafficking in Nepal.
The team with the message ‘Together We Reach Higher’ and spreading education, empowerment, and environment through outdoors globally, they have scaled Mt Everest in Asia, Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia, Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Aconcagua in South America, Mt Denali in North America, Mt Vinson Massif in Antarctica and soon they will embark upon climbing Mt Vinson Massif Antarctica, Carstenz Pyramid in Oceania, The South Pole & The North Pole.
Hailing from six diverse ethnic backgrounds each have a story of challenge, struggle and success. One ran away from home at fourteen to escape marriage arranged by family. Another was deemed too ugly to find decent husband and hence sent to school to become self-reliant.
In a journey starting as part of the historic ‘First Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 Spring’, the team like an epic story has climbed successfully in all seven continents despite various socio-economic challenges. Encouraged with the most successful women’s expedition to ever summit Mt Everest in May 2008 with all members making it to the top of the world, a rare feat in any mountaineering expedition.
Shailee Basnet said, “God has blessed us with talents and nobody is rich or poor, it is the quality
which decides about a person. The only point is that you have to have courage to step forward”.
“Every human nurtures a spirit for adventure. Women are not different. It only requires will and determination. One does not have to set aside family responsibilities including household chores to satisfy the spirit of daring. All that is required is the will to go ahead,” she says.
She said that adventure helps one to develop skills such as coordination, planning, management, active listening and self-exploration, which give confidence to visualize and work towards a brighter future.
The adventure programme enables us to develop the ability to explore areas hitherto unexplored, deal effectively with the limitations of organisational and other boundaries.