Kashmir girl seeks sponsors to pursue Everest ambition

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Srinagar: Nahida Manzoor, 23, started trekking when she was just 10 years old and has been cherishing the dream of conquering Mount Everest ever since. After completing several mountaineering courses and conquering many peaks, she now feels fit to climb the world’s highest peak.

However, after finding out that climbing Mount Everest was an expensive affair, she started looking for sponsors. And when she failed to find any, she recently started an online crowdfunding campaign on the social media.

Her campaign has generated a lot of buzz and even as a couple of sponsors have come forward, Nahida is doubtful if she is going to be the first woman from the Valley to conquer the world’s highest peak.

“It’s my childhood dream to conquer the Mount Everest. Mountaineering is an expensive sport and the expedition to the Everest costs Rs 30 lakh. After failing to get sponsors, I resorted to crowdfunding. Now, a couple of sponsors have come forward and promised to give me around Rs 10 lakh. But the expedition will begin on April 9 from Kathmandu and it will take approximately 50 days to get to the summit and return. I doubt if I can get the remaining funds,” Nahida said.

Nahida said she had completed a basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, advance mountaineering course), basic skiing from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, special mountaineering course and method of instructions.

“I have scaled Mount Deo Tibba, Manali, Friendship Peak in Himachal Pradesh, Srinagar’s highest peak Mount Mahadev and Mount Tatakooti in Pir Panjal range besides others…. During my first hike at the age of 10, I promised myself that one day I will climb the highest peak of the world,” Nahida added.

It’s my childhood dream to conquer the Mount Everest. Mountaineering is an expensive sport and the expedition to the Everest costs Rs 30 lakh. After failing to get sponsors, I resorted to crowdfunding. Now, a couple of sponsors have come forward and promised to give me around Rs 10 lakh. But I doubt if I can get the remaining funds.” —Nahida Manzoor, mountaineer.

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