On May 22, Nahida Manzoor became the first woman from the Kashmir valley to scale the highest peak in the world — Mount Everest. The 23-year-old trained mountaineer scaled Mt Everest from the lesser-climbed route — the south side from the lesser-climbed route — the south side.
Hailing from Srinagar’s Zewan area, Manzoor is the daughter of a shopkeeper and started an online campaign in March to raise Rs 30 lakh for her expedition.
Manzoor told Greater Kashmir,
“When I started there were hardly any women who went for the expeditions, trekking and not to think about undertaking training courses in mountaineering. Now the things have changed and I am seeing more and more girls joining adventure sport.”
Transcend Adventures said in a post,
“The Fourth summit of the day is Nahida Manzoor along with her Sherpa Guide Nima Kancha. Nahida has been passionate about snow peaks and took to the mountains at a very young age.”
She started climbing mountains from the age of 10 and has scaled several peaks including Mt Deo Tibba (6001m) in Himachal Pradesh, Friendship Peak (5289m) in Himachal Pradesh and Tatakooti Peak (4725m) in Jammu & Kashmir.