Seven Summits Women Team had a grand finale of the mission with the successful ascent of the 7th summit, Mt Vinson Massif in Antarctica in December 2014 and a landmark in the international promotion of Nepal with a successful event in Santiago, Chile in January 2015.
Members Maya Gurung, Chunu Shrestha Nimdoma Sherpa and Pema Diki Sherpa made it to the summit of Mt Vinson Massif on 23rd December 2014 at 3:00 pm. The team waved the national flag atop the highest mountain on the southern end of the world.
Antarctica is the southern most continent of planet Earth. It is a continental mass mostly of ice and snow, only continent that doesn’t have local population. Antarctica, being home to massive body of ice and snow, holds much significance particularly in context of climate change. All longitudes meet at the South Pole within this continent, which is surrounded by the Southern ocean. Owing to the cosmic make up, Antarctica receives 24 hour sunlight during the summer. Late November to early February is the only time in the year suitable for climb. Mt Vinson Massif, the highest point on the continent is a mountain posing risk of extreme weather and possibly one of the coldest regions on the planet. Climbers need to be equipped and prepared better than most other climbing in order to face the challenges of the extreme weather conditions in Antarctica.
The team departed for the climb towards Chile on 11th December 2014 reaching Punta Arenas in Chile on 13th December 2014. The team departed for Antarctica on the Russian aircraft on the 18th December, 2014. The team reached Union Glacier, popular transit hub in Antarctica for climbers en route to Mt Vinson Massif. Onward journey is on a specialized twin otter aircraft to Patriot Hills.
The climb was organized by New Zealand based company Adventure Consultatnts Pvt Ltd. Famous climber of legendary heritage Mr Tashi Tenzing Sherpa’s company Tenzing’s Asian Holiday was the local agency. Two guides from the company Victor and Matias supported the team on the climb.