When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl.
15 years later, she’s become Nepal’s first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification.
Last month, the 27-year-old completed a rigorous course run by the Swiss-based International Federation of Mountain Guides.
The prestigious qualification – often described as a PhD in mountaineering – has been awarded to around 6,000 people worldwide and just 50 men in Nepal, despite climbing being a major income stream for the impoverished country.
“I knew what I wanted to do. My passion was to be outdoors, to climb. And my family did not discourage me,”
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