Bangladeshi woman climbs Everest for Because I am a Girl

by Because I am a Girl

Nishat Majumder is a 31-year-old accountant from Bangladesh who discovered her passion for hiking in 2003. Since then, she has made a name for herself by becoming the first Bangladeshi woman to conquer three Himalayan peaks higher than 6,000 meters (3.7 miles). Now Nishat has set her sights on breaking records and becoming the first Bangaledeshi woman to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

Nishat has been training hard with her eyes set firmly on that highest peak. She says that dedicating the climb to Plan’s girl campaign seemed an obvious choice.

“Taking on this challenge as a woman, I realized just how important it is for girls to be empowered. Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign is all about having a voice and being strong, so I wanted to do this to show girls around the world that nothing is impossible,” says Nishat.

Nishat will be in good company on her trek. Her climbing partner, MA Mohit is the only Bangladeshi to make it to the top of Everest, Manaslu and Cho-Oyu - 3 summits higher than 8,000 meters (about 5 miles).

Nishat and Mohit are set to begin the 2-month adventure on April 9th. Be sure to check back here as we get more information from Nishat. In the meantime, please post some comments of encouragement for Nishat and wish her the best of luck!