KATHMANDU, Nepal - The most successful female climber of Mount Everest who just returned from her ninth ascent of the highest peak said she wants to be an inspiration to all women so they, too, can achieve their dreams.
Lhakpa Sherpa, who lives in West Hartford, was guiding some 50 climbers with her brother when she scaled the 29,035-foot peak last week, breaking her own record for the most climbs by a woman.
“If an uneducated woman who is a single mother can climb Everest nine times, any woman can achieve their dreams,” Sherpa said in Kathmandu on Wednesday, where she and Kami Rita, who climbed Everest for the record 22nd time, were honored by the tourism community.
The 44-year-old Sherpa never got a chance to get a formal education because had to start earning a living by carrying climbing gear and supplies for trekkers.
She said she wants to return next year for yet another climb.
“People who are 70 years old are still climbing Everest, I am nowhere there,” she said, adding that she was still healthy and fit.
Her most recent climb was the toughest, she said, adding there was lot of wind and snow and her group had to wait a few days to get to the summit.
She said she’s looking forward to seeing her three children back in Connecticut, where she works as a dishwasher at the Whole Foods Market in West Hartford.