A 42-year-old woman born in Nepal climbed Mount Everest for the seventh time on Friday, breaking her own record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain by any woman, a hiking official said. She credits being born in Nepal 13,000 feet above sea level, along with “strong will” to her dynamic success.
Lhakpa Sherpa is a Mother of three teenage children who has spent over 3 decades taking time off from her “embarrassing” jobs at 7-11 and as a housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut to hike the world’s tallest mountain 7 times. So the question is, why hasn’t anybody heard of Lhakpa? The Wikipedia page that catalogs Everest records contains listings as specific as “first twins to climb Mount Everest together,” but there’s no mention of Lhakpa. A 2013 ESPN.com article on five-time Everest summiter Melissa Arnot mentioned Lhakpa as an aside, calling Arnot “either the most accomplished female Everest climber ever, or the most accomplished non-Sherpa woman.
What is truly amazing is despite the adversity Lhakpa has faced with an abusive husband, menial jobs, and the daily struggle of being a Mother, she still is accomplishing 10 lifetimes of achievement with little to no recognition. Luckily, Outside Magazine did an incredible profile on her so hopefully she receives the credit she well deserves and hopefully will remind the world that even the cashier at 7-11 can do things the CEO will only dream about.