Tamae Watanabe, the Oldest Woman to Climb Mount Everest
Tamae Watanabe, oldest woman to climb Everest

Ms. Tamae Watanabe, who holds the record as the oldest woman to summit Mount Everest, has achieved another remarkable feat by breaking her own record after 10 years at the age of 73. Previously, she summited Everest in 2002 at the age of 63, and her recent ascent marks her sixth summit of peaks over 8000 meters.

Ms. Tamae Watanabe’s mountaineering journey is nothing short of extraordinary, with a long list of impressive accomplishments:

  • 1977: McKinley (6194m) summit in North America
  • 1989: Aconcagua (6960m) summit in Argentina
  • 1991: Cho Oyu (8201m) summit in China
  • 1994: Dhaulagiri (8167m) summit in Nepal
  • 1998: Gasherbrum II (8035m) summit in Pakistan
  • 1999: Pobeda (7439m) summit in Kyrgyzstan
  • 2000: Huascaran (6768m) summit in Peru
  • 2001: Muztagh Ata (7595m) summit in China
  • Orizaba (5611m) summit in Mexico
  • 2002: Everest (8848m) summit in Nepal
  • 2004: Lhotse (8516m) summit in Nepal
  • 2005: Eiger (3970m) summit in Switzerland
  • 2008: Heiten (4374m) summit in Mongolia

The Asian Trekking family extends its hearty congratulations to Ms. Tamae Watanabe for her remarkable achievements and safe return from her latest expedition. Her passion, determination, and resilience serve as an inspiration to all mountaineers and adventurers around the world.

Everest climbing is not something to be taken lightly. When it comes to achieving a significant milestone such as this one, you need to be well-trained and have a courageous heart. A significant number of individuals, regardless of how young they had been, had forfeited their lives in the process of attempting to reach the peak of the mountain. On the other hand, there is a story that is really mind-blowing about a female climber who performed something that was physically impossible and smashed her own record. At the age of 73, Tamae Watanabe, a Japanese woman, made history by becoming the first person to reach the peak of the mountain at that age. She holds the record for being the oldest woman to ever climb Mount Everest.

Additionally, she is the only woman who has achieved achievement at that age when she was able to accomplish this. It is impossible to find another anyone anywhere in the globe who has surpassed her record.

Ever since she reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2002, when she was 63 years old, Watanabe has held the record for being the oldest woman to ever climb the mountain. Her record from 2012, on the other hand, is the most extraordinary one she has ever set.

During a press conference, Ms. Tamae Watanabe expressed her appreciation to Mr. Noriyuki Muraguchi, the Asian Trekking family, and the climbing sherpas who participated in the Asian Trekking International Mt. Everest Expedition in 2012. These sherpas were Sirdar Ningma Sherpa, Phurba Sherpa, and Phura Nuru Sherpa. According to her, she would not have been able to reach the top without the support and assistance of those individuals.

Related: Anne Lorimor (89) becomes the oldest woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Who is Tamae Watanabe?

The Japanese mountaineer Tamae Watanabe is a mountaineer. Her birthday is November 21st, 1938, and she was born in Yamanashi Prefecture. Tsuru University was the institution where Watanabe finished her education. Immediately following her graduation from college, she began working as an employee in a public agency in the prefecture of Kanagawa. At the age of 28, she had already found that she had a deep affection for the mountains. The year 1977 was the year that she was successful in ascending Mount McKinley.

Her initial ascent of a well-known mountain, such as Mount McKinley, served as inspiration for her subsequent ascents to other highly regarded summits, such as Mont Blanc, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Aconcagua. In spite of the fact that she had retired from her job, her enthusiasm for mountaineering never became less intense. By climbing Mount Everest in 2002, she made history by becoming the oldest woman to ever accomplish the feat. Her determination and passion for mountain climbing allowed her to achieve this feat. She continued on from that point. Even at the age of 73, Watanabe had the goal of surpassing her previous records. She was able to accomplish something that others thought was impossible. As a result of her trek to the summit, she holds the record for being the oldest woman to ever scale the highest peak in the world. Furthermore, it should not come as a surprise that no one has been able to surpass her record up until this hour. Because of this, Watanabe became one of the names that members of the mountaineering community believed to be among the most prestigious, not once but twice.

Tamae Watanabe and her climb to Mount Everest

The ascent of Mount Everest, which is 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) in height, was accomplished by Tamae Watanabe at seven in the morning on a Saturday morning. The voyage began in the evening because it was predicted that the weather would become exceedingly windy and unpleasant after morning. According to Ang Tshering, who is a member of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Nepal, she and her three Sherpas climbed the mountain from the northern side of it.

Tamae was able to reclaim what was rightfully hers since it took her an entire decade to do it. On the other hand, she wanted to make sure that she was more mature and courageous than she had been in the past. The mountaineer and her team were in excellent shape both upon entering and exiting the mountain, and none of them sustained any serious injuries during the course of their journey. It should also be noted that the ascent was not in any way simple. For the entirety of the night, the squad must walk through the mountain. In spite of the fact that the peak was reached on Saturday, the group set up camp at an elevation of 8,300 meters (27,225 ft) on Friday before beginning their ascent there.

During the month of May in the year 2012, the weather and conditions that climbers expected to encounter on the peak were extremely good. According to Nepal’s mountaineering agency, there were a number of climbers who were successful in reaching the summit from both the northern and the southern sides of the mountain. Although a great number of individuals had been unsuccessful in their attempts to climb Mount Everest, Tamae demonstrated that through careful planning, timing, and determination, nothing is impossible.

Min Bahadur Sherchan is the undisputed champion when it comes to the record for the oldest person to scale Mount Everest. He had reached the age of 76 when he made the ascent up the mountain. Similarly, a man who was 86 years old and was attempting to climb the mountain passed away while he was there.


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