First Bangladeshi woman to climb Everest

May 19th, 2012 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Sheikh Hasina Dhaka, May 19 (IANS) A 31-year-old Bangladeshi accountant Saturday became the first woman from her country to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

Nishat Majumder, who began her adventure April 9, hoisted the Bangladeshi flag atop the 8,848-metre-high peak, an official of the Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club told the Daily Star.

The club organised the trip and a non-governmental organisation Plan Bangladesh co-sponsored it under a campaign titled “Because I Am a Girl”.

Another Bangladeshi mountaineer, M.A. Mohit, accompanied Nishat on the trip.

Mohit became the first Bangladeshi to scale Everest twice. The first Bangladeshi to conquer Everest May 23, 2010, was Musa Ibrahim.

Another Bangladeshi girl, Wasfia Nazreen, has also reached the base camp to scale the mountain.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Nishat Saturday for conquering the peak.

Tamae Watanabe, a 73-year-old Japanese woman Saturday broke her own record to again become the oldest woman to scale Mount Everest. She had climbed Everest in 2002 at the age of 63 to become the oldest woman then to scale the peak.

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