The Nanga Parbat (Pakistan), was the last mountain of more than 8000 meters missing from the mountaineer’s hunting list.
Mountaineer Sophie Lavaud became the first Frenchwoman of all genders to have reached the summit of fourteen mountains over 8,000 meters on Monday, her team announced. “Our entire expedition team managed to climb Mount Nanga Parbat, which stands at 8126 meters“, indicated on social networks the operator Chhang Dawa Sherpa, in charge of the ascent.
The Nanga Parbat, located in Pakistan, was the last mountain of more than 8000 meters missing from the hunting list of the mountaineer Sophie Lavaud, 55, with triple nationality (French, Swiss and Canadian), having grown up in Argentière (Haute -Savoy).
The first in France to achieve this feat
The expedition, made up of twenty experienced mountaineers, reached the summit at 9:15 a.m. (local time), after about twelve hours of ascent in difficult conditions, we learned from Sophie’s entourage. Laval. The group then stopped at Camp 3 of Nanga Parbart, at 6,750 meters above sea level, to spend the night before descending to base camp, where they are expected tomorrow, according to the same source. Sophie Lavaud had started this extraordinary project, which no Frenchman of all genders had managed to accomplish, by climbing Cho Oyu in 2012, a Tibetan summit located at 8188 meters above sea level, before climbing the Everest in 2014.
“The more I climb these great mountains, the more I realize that we are nothing compared to the immensity of the Himalayas.“, she explained a few days before embarking on the ascent of Nanga Parbat. “The Nanga Parbat has a special flavor because if I reach the top this great project initiated 11 years ago will come true! I can not believe it“, she added. The expedition also included the famous Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila, who seeks to climb the 14 highest peaks on the planet (over 8,000 m) in less than six months.