Not only a climber but also a competitor in Ultra Marathons, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa is the only female climber from the Rowaling Valley - a hotspot for athletes, with more than 70 other noted climbers and summiteers originating from this region.
Dawa has participated in the Everest Sky Race - a 10-stage, 200km (125 miles) race in the Khumbu in Nepal - and she has summited Mt. Everest, Yala Peak (twice), Island Peak (three times), Chiki-Go, and Ama Dablam, as well as making successful ascents on Mt. Rainier and the Grand Tetons. On July 24th, 2014, Dawa and fellow Sherpa Athlete Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita became two of the first women to climb K2. Dawa has worked as a trekking guide since 2007 and began climbing in 2009.
- On July 24th, 2014, she and Pasang Lhamu were two of the first women to climb K2
- Second Place (Female) Annapurna Mandala Trail Race (350 km)
- Winner, IFSC National Open Lead Climbing Competition
- First Nepali female VIP Climbing Ranger, Mt. Rainier National Park
- First female member, National Geographic team, Everest
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