Pokhara, April 17: Purnima Shrestha of Gorkha had a profession, photojournalism. She was also fond of travelling. The tour of Everest Base Camp in 2017 brought a different turn in her life. When she went to take a photo of the Everest Marathon, she saw the mountain fascination of foreigners.
The very next year she climbed Mt. Everest and became the first Nepali photojournalist to reach the top of the world.
She not only climbed Mt. Everest, but also did a solo photo exhibition from the base camp to summit called ‘Smiling Nepali Women’. Then Purnima dared to climb Annapurna I.
She came to Pokhara on March 19 to reach the summit of the Annapurna I. Exactly 27 days after coming to Pokhara, she reached the peak of Annapurna I and became the first Nepali woman to reach the top of Annapurna I.
Earlier, she had gathered courage by climbing the ‘Killer Mountain’ Ama Dablum at an altitude of 6,812 meters.
The Gandaki state government had also provided financial assistance to encourage Purnima. Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung had given Rs 800,000 to Purnima.
Only 27 days after leaving Pokhara, Purnima successfully climbed Annapurna I on Friday afternoon. According to the Seven Summit Treks Pvt there are 20 people who climbed Annapurna first from the Seven Summit alone. The team will return to base camp on Saturday and will arrive in Pokhara in 4 days.