March 6, 2009

Nepal women plan world mountain tour

A group of 10 female mountaineers in Nepal announced in the capital, Kathmandu, that they plan to scale the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents.

The women said Friday that they climbed Mount Everest on Nepal's border with China last May and they are now planning expeditions to climb Mount Aconcagua of Argentina, Mount McKinley of the United States, Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Vinson Massif of Antarctica, Mount Kosciusko of Australia and Mount Carstenz Pyramid of Indonesia, reported Friday.

One of the women, Shaili Basnet, said the trek is aimed at promoting Nelapi tourism and spreading a message of inclusiveness. She said they plan to begin their first climb in August with an aim to climb all seven of the mountains within two to three years.