Kathmandu: Lakpa Phuti Sherpa from Nepal has been enlisted as one of the chosen women travelers by the AFAR Travel Magazine and Guide from around the world under the title “Women to Watch in 2020.”
These women leaders engaged in the business of travel include Greta Thunberg, Blake Spalding, Ami Vitale, Kellee Edwards, Karen Darke, Serita Wesley, Rebecca Russell, Farin Nikdel, Vivian Zhang, and Becca Ramos, Annette Richmond, Kris Tompkins, Jaylyn Gough, Mercy M’fon Shammah, Laakpa Phuti Sherpa.
Lakpa Phuti Sherpa is a legendary name for mountaineers in Nepal for she has spent over forty years in and around the mountains.
She is in the limelight after she took over the charges of Nepal Mountain Academy (NMA) in the capacity of its Executive Director since 2009.
It was during her team leadership in 1993 that her teammate Pasang Lhamu Sherpa achieved the glory of being the first Nepali woman to summit the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (Pasang had died during her descent from Everest).
Lhakpa is also the first Nepali to ski from the tops of multiple European peaks, and she’s the founder and owner of trekking agency Luxury DMC that runs trips to Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.
She also has been very instrumental in establishing the first all-female guide program that has produced hundreds of female guides over the last seven years. She has helped establish the world’s first degrees in mountaineering studies at NMA in conjunction with Tribhuvan University.
In 2017, the first bachelor’s program began, and, in January 2020, the first master’s degree in adventure tourism launched, granting the youth of Nepal, both male and female, better resources to become professionals in the mountain tourism sector that fuels the country.
Her autobiography “Forty Years in the Mountains” the first book published by a female Sherpa writer is already at the book stands in the market.
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