Nepali climber Lhakpa Sherpa became the first woman to make seven ascents of Mount Everest, local media reported Saturday.
The 42-year-old broke her own earlier record of six ascents when she reached the top of the world's highest mountain early Friday, the Himalayan Times reported.
“It’s a pathfinder for women like us,” said Asha Singh, who has climbed the seven highest mountains around the world.
“We follow in her footsteps and it’s a huge motivation for Nepali women like me, who are into climbing, which is a mostly male profession," she told dpa on the phone.
The men's record is held by fellow Nepali Apa Sherpa, who has summitted the mountain 21 times.
Hundreds of Nepali men have made their living climbing the mountains for several decades, but only around 22 Nepali women are in the profession.