First Women Journalists Everest Expedition 2018 making rigorous preparations


4th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Jan 04: The First Women Journalists Everest Expedition 2018 (FWJEE18) is undergoing rigorous training in preparation for their ascent of Mt. Everest in May.

The team of five women journalists is making every necessary preparation for funding while planning various activities to fulfill their aim to raise awareness for equity and further the journalistic profession. The FWJEE18 is set to be the first group of women journalists who are climbing Mt. Everest, and the first group ever to attempt live streaming of the Everest climb, all the way to the peak at 8848 meters.

The group is currently being facilitated by the Mahendra Police Health Club for its daily physical training. It also has the support from various government bodies, having been provided the Everest climbing permits for free by the government. Rosha Basnet (RSS), who formulated the idea, says that support from the private sector has been comparatively low. However, companies like Baraha Jewellery and Advance Cement have been among the foremost in providing corporate sponsorship.

The daring feat has been calculated to cost Rs. 3.5 million per person, and 17 million in total. However, most of the support has been available in the form of the equipment and dissolved government fees, which the costs break down into. Goma Airlines has allowed the FWJEE18 free flight permission as well.

The group is making the climb with the slogan, “Unified Voice for Equity” and is climbing under the banner of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ). Their aim is to raise awareness for the equality of all humans regardless of caste, community, and gender, and to highlight the various underrepresented voices and stories of Nepal, including the authentic situation of life in the mountains. They also intend to use the platform to raise awareness regarding the difficulties women journalists face within the media industry.

The group has gone through rigorous mountaineering training in the past year, including a 28-day training in the mountains in November in which they climbed two peaks under 6000 m, Yalung Ri (5630 m), and Ramdung (5930 m). Rojita Buddhacharya (Nepal Television) said that climbing these two mountains changed her perspective on the culture and norms of the mountain region and also gave her a lot of confidence about her ability to face the mountains.

The group will be leaving for the Everest region in April for acclimatization, during which time it will also climb Mt. Lobuche (6145 m) situated in the Everest region. The Everest climb will be made in May. The team is climbing Everest under Dreamers’ Destination Treks and Travels, alongside Furwa Tenzing Sherpa as the Sardar. Sherpa holds the world record of climbing the Everest most number of times at the youngest age.