Photojournalist Purnima Shrestha in full swing for Everest ascent
9th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Jan 09: Purnima Shrestha, a 26-year-old photojournalist, who recently became the first photojournalist from Nepal to scale the 8,163 meters Mt. Manaslu, is all set to scale the world's highest peak Mt. Everest in 2018 spring season.
Shrestha, who started working as a photojournalist some five years ago, is currently associated with Karobar National Daily and Food and Wine monthly magazine.
Shrestha was inspired towards mountain-climbing in a definitive way after covering the Tenzing Hilary Everest Marathon of 2017 in the course of her job. The Everest Marathon is a yearly high-altitude marathon taking place on Everest trails in the Khumbu Valley. It takes place on May 29 every year to mark the historic occasion of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary’s first ascent of Mt. Everest.
In the Everest Marathon of 2017, she was exposed to an entirely new side of Nepal that instilled in her the desire to be a mountaineer and explore the mountains closely. The experience of the Everest Marathon gave her inspiration to act on her travel interests and to see a new side of Nepal through her camera frame.
Her Manaslu ascent was planned on a whim during the course of the Everest Marathon. Shrestha was suggested to begin her preparations for Mt. Everest by climbing mountains ranging 6000 meters, which is the general practice. However, she set her heart on climbing Mt. Manaslu, located in her home district Gorkha. Rather than begin her mountain-climbing journey purely to satisfy her passion, she decided to make a symbolic gesture by climbing Mt. Manaslu.
She climbed Manaslu on 26th September, 2017, with only two months of preparation, most of which were used in basic cardio-based exercises like running and swimming. Her funding was mostly crowd-funded, from acquaintances and small tourism businesses in the Manang and Gorkha area. However, she managed to achieve her aim of climbing the mountain, once known as killer mountain, as her first mountaineering experience by sheer will and passion.
Shrestha is currently making preparations to climb Mt. Everest in May this year, which has been her main ambition from the very start of her mountaineering journey. She is mostly engaged in physical and financial preparations.
Through her expedition, she aims to encourage fellow youths and women to gather courage to achieve their ambitions. She will also be organizing the photo exhibition in the Everest, from base camp to the top of the world, focusing on Nepali women and their smiles. The exhibition will be of its first and the unique kind in the world, which will highlight diversity and promote tourism of the Himalayan country.
Her expedition has been supported by Photojournalist Club (PJ) of Nepal.