Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
Dawa Yangzum Sherpa is the only female climber from Rolwaling Valley, home to more than 70 other notable climbers and Everest summiteers. She has been a frequent competitor in ultra-marathons including the 350 km Everest Sky Race and Annapurna Mandala Trail. Dawa started working as a trekking guide in 2008 and began climbing in 2009. Since taking up climbing, she has summited Mt. Everest from the south, Yala Peak, Island Peak, Ama Dablam , Cho-Oyu from the Tibet side and also worked as a climbing ranger on Mt Rainier. In 2014, Dawa successfully summited K2 as part of the first Nepalese female team. She also works as instructor at the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal.
Island Peak (3)
Yala Peak (3)
Mount Rainier (8)
Avalanche Level 1
Leave No Trace Trainer
Awards & Recognition
On July 24th, 2014, Dawa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa were two of the first women to climb K2
Second Place (Female) Annapurna Mandala Trail Race (350 km)
Winner, IFSC National Open Lead Climbing Competition
First Nepali female VIP Climbing Ranger, Mt. Rainier National Park
First female member, National Geographic team, Everest
These guys consistently used every opportunity to teach us how to be better climbers. I was impressed how they would tutor us, but not treat us like children. They expected us to be experienced climbers and demanded that we rise to the occasion.