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First Bangladeshi woman scales Mount Everest

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With the tick of 9:30am local time, first Bangladeshi woman moun­taineer Nishat Majumder on Sat­ur­day climbed Mount Ever­est, world’s high­est peak and hoisted the Bangladesh’s national flag at the top of the mountain.

Nishat is the third Bangladeshi to con­quer the Everest.

Founder and pres­i­dent of Bangla Moun­taineer­ing and Trekking Club (BMTC) Enam Ul Haque con­firmed that Nishat hoisted Bangladesh’s national flag at the top of the moun­tain, 8,850 meters above sea level, at 9:30am local time.
Nishat started her jour­ney from Dhaka on April 6 and after three days reached Kat­mandu, Nepal. She started her expe­di­tion to the base camp of Mt. Ever­est from South side.
Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina and leader of the oppo­si­tion and BNP chair­per­son Khaleda Zia con­grat­u­lated Nishat for con­quer­ing Mt. Ever­est as the first woman of Bangladesh.
The 31-​year-​old accoun­tant of WASA Nishat was accom­pa­nied by MA Muhith, a vet­eran Bangladeshi moun­taineer, who also scaled it last year.
Both Nishat and Muhit are mem­bers of BMTC. They began their mis­sion on April 9.
Nishat 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).
Muhith reached the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est on May 22 last year. He is the only Bangladeshi moun­taineer who con­quered Ever­est from both North and South side.
Ear­lier on May 24, 2010, Musa Ibrahim became the first vic­tor to fly Bangladesh’s national flag on the globe’s sum­mit.
In his reac­tion to Nishat’s achieve­ment Musa Ibrahim said, “over the past cou­ple of years, we were think­ing of a woman who can climb Mt. Ever­est. Finally found Nishat and she was pre­pared for it. We are happy for her suc­cess.”
About prepa­ra­tion of moun­taineer­ing, he said, “phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion is nec­es­sary. But men­tal strength is very impor­tant as some prob­lems cre­ate after day’s climb­ing.”
“It is good to have train­ing. But any­one can go for climb­ing moun­tain irre­spec­tive of age and sex,” he added.
In the Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ cam­paign blog on March 30, Nishat said, “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.”
Nishat was born in 1981 in Laksmipur. She came to Dhaka at the age of two. She has passed SSC from Bot­tom­ley Home High School and HSC from Sha­heed Anwar Girls’ Col­lege and com­pleted her grad­u­a­tion and post grad­u­ate course from Dhaka City Col­lege.
Her father Abdul Man­nan is a busi­ness­man and mother Ashura Majumder is a home­maker. She is the sec­ond child of her par­ents. At present she has been liv­ing in a rented house at the Pan­tha­p­ath in the cap­i­tal.
On the 50th anniver­sary of con­quer­ing Mt. Ever­est in 2003, Nishat con­quered Keokradong (3172 ft), the high­est moun­tain peak in Bangladesh, orga­nized by Bangladesh Astro­nom­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion.
On the occa­sion of World Women Day in 2006, she again scaled the peak of Keokradong with Bangladesh Nari Ovi­ja­tri Dal, organ­ised by BMTC.
In the same year in Sep­tem­ber, she took part with the Bangladesh Nari Ovi­ja­tri Dal, orga­nized by BMTC in the trekking of Ever­est Base Camp (17,500 ft).
On May, 2007, with the finance of BMTC, Nishat under­went a foun­da­tion train­ing from Himalayan Moun­taineer­ing Insti­tute, Dar­jeel­ing and con­quered the Himalayan Mera Peak (21830 ft) in Sep­tem­ber.
As part of the prepa­ra­tion of Ever­est expe­di­tion, she climbed the Himalayan Sin­guchuli peak (21328ft) in May, 2008. And later took part in Bangladesh-​India joint expe­di­tion to climb Gangatri-​1 (21000 ft) sit­u­ated in North Kash­mir, India.
She par­tic­i­pated in the Bangladesh-​India joint expe­di­tion to scale the world’s fifth high­est peak Makalu (27865 ft) on April, 2009.
Last year in Octo­ber, she made a suc­cess­ful expe­di­tion on a Himalayan peak Chekigo, orga­nized by BMTC.
Junko Tabei was the first women Mt. Ever­est con­queror on May 16, 1975. More­over, Stacy Alli­son, the first Amer­i­can woman, reached the top of Mt. Ever­est in 1988.