A film by InLightWorks
In this 22-minute short film, we join Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita in Nepal as she reflects on her climbing career and the struggles of balancing mountains with motherhood. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita –– an accomplished Sherpa mountaineer –– was National Geographic's People's Choice Adventurer of the Year in 2016. After climbing K2, Everest and many other peaks, she paused her career to give birth and start raising her son, Eikichi Sherpa Akita. Two years later, still a climber at heart, she decides that in order to be the best mother she can be she also needs to follow her dreams of climbing again.
She treks to her homeland, the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya, with her son to the 21,130-foot, technically challenging Cholatse, a peak she calls her “dream mountain.” She leaves her son for the first night since he was born with his father in basecamp. Despite not climbing for over two and-a-half years, she blissfully summited without issue. By returning to her life-long passion of climbing mountains, she embodied an important message: that everyone has a right to follow their dreams. Hers is one where she is both a good mother and an exceptional mountain climber.