Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wasfia Nazreen on Everest,Bangladesh


Wasfia Nazreen has become the second Bangladeshi woman to scale the Mount Everest just a week after the feat of Nishat Majumder.

Wasfia reached the summit at 6:41am Bangladesh time on Saturday, Korvi Rakshand, spokesperson of Bangladesh Seven Summits' campaign which arranged the trekking, told .

On May 19, Nishat Majumder conquered the Mount Everest as the first Bangladeshi woman. Nishat and her fellow mountaineer MA Muhit started trekking towards Kathmandu Friday morning from the base camp.

Muhit is the first Bangladeshi to scale the mountain twice and from both sides. He first scaled the mountain peak on May 21 last year.

On the other hand, Musa Ibrahim is the first Bangladeshi to conquer the Everest on May 23, 2010.

Wasfia phoned me from her satellite phone around 7:00am to share her feat with me, Rakshand told The Daily Star around 8:00am Saturday.

Expedition, organiser of the adventure, posted on its website that reads: Wasfia Nazreen from Bangladesh and three climbing sherpas -- Nima Girman, Da kusang and Furba Dorjee -- reached the summit of Mount Everest at 6:31am (Nepali time) on Saturday.

Wasfia left the base camp on Monday for her adventure to scale the world's highest peak.

She has to defer her climb to the summit by a day due to inclement weather on Friday.

Wasfia launched her expedition to the seven peaks of the world on July, 2011 under the campaign “Bangladesh on Seven Summits” in celebration of 40 years of the country's independence.

Supported by the country's Liberation War Museum, this is for the first time a Bangladeshi has taken up such a challenge.

Bangladesh on Seven Summits is a tribute to those women and men, who through sheer resolve, overcame enormous ordeal for the birth of our nation.

Wasfia left her regular job at Care Bangladesh at the end of last November to run this campaign that would take her around the world in two years.

Wasfia Nazreen, the first Bangladeshi woman attempting to climb the seven highest mountains of the world's seven continents, began her seven summit campaign on July 3 this year.

On October 2, 2011, she became the first Bangladeshi woman to reach the highest peak of Africa – the Uhuru peak of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, 5895 metres above sea level.

She reached the peak of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina on December 16, 2011. But she came back 300 metres away from the peak of Mount Elbrus in Russia on July 12.

Wasfia started her journey for Everest on March 26. She was supposed to reach the summit at least seven days earlier. But she could not due to inclement weather including avalanche.

"This is it! I'm going up tonight (2:00am, 21st May) for a possible summit attempt on 25th morning if all goes well," according to Wasfia's last facebook post on May 20.

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