Rolwaling, Northeast Nepal.
Rolwaling is a small rural valley village surrounded by mountains in Northeast Nepal. It’s elevation is 4,200m (13,779ft). The steep cliffs that surround Rolwaling are both stunning and brutal, which may have contributed to its legacy status in the mountaineering community. This small farming community is home to 15 Certified IFMGA guides and 60 Everest summiteers - a high count even among Sherpa communities in Nepal.
Rinzin Doma Sherpa (mom) & Jangmu in the background
Even among Rolwaling families, there is one set of siblings that stands out in terms of their accomplishments, their ambition, and their love of their community.
Not only has their brother, Mingma G Sherpa(link) ‘brought it to the next level’ with his Winter K2 summit - but these three sisters, Nima Jangmu Sherpa, Tshering Namgya Sherpa, and Dawa Futi Sherpa, have their own big ambitions:
Nima Jangmu Sherpa
Nima started mountaineering in 2017 with a summit of Mt Amadablam - a stunning and technical 6,000m peak in the Everest region of the Himalaya. The very next year, she became the only woman to have climbed Nepal's 3 highest mountains in a single season. In fact, she completed Everest, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga in less than 25 days and will likely be a longtime record holder.
In addition to the 3 sisters 7 summits project, Jangmu is planning a speed ascent on Everest, going from base camp to the summit in less than 24hrs.
She is the eldest sister in the team - but at only 30 years of age Jangmu has a bright future in mountaineering. She is well trained in rock climbing and Basic Mountain Rescue under NIMA.
Tshering Namgya Sherpa
Currently working towards attaining her Bachelors degree Business study at Reliance collage, she has successfully climbed two 6,000m peaks, Mt Thorong and Mt Lobuche, in preparation for Everest 2021.
Dawa Futi Sherpa
The youngest of the three sisters, Dawa successfully summited Mt Amadablam in 2019, just a few years after Jangmu. She has taken the rock climbing and Basic Mountain Rescue courses under NIMA as well as the Basic Ice climbing Course organized by @khumbuclimbingcenter
Dawa is also currently studying for her Bachelors degree Business at Reliance collage.
Her 2020 Everest aspirations were put on hold due to the pandemic, so she is extra excited for the 2021 attempts with the 3 sisters 7 summits project.
Khumbu Icefall - Everest - Nepal 2021
“Everest has never been climbed by 3 sisters from the same family and we are planning on the project in Spring 2021. We 3 sisters, Nima Jangmu Sherpa, Tshering Namgya Sherpa and Dawa Futi Sherpa are taking this opportunity to make the women climbing community proud. We know to fight for our right fulfilling our duties. This is fighting against ourselves and this is fighting against women who think they are not capable of dreaming big and doing big. If we can encourage other women to dream big and fight for it, we will feel we succeed.” - Jangmu Sherpa
(From Left) Oldest Brother Mingma G Sherpa, Nima Jangmu Sherpa, Tshering Namgya Sherpa, Dawa Futi Sherpa