Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

The story of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Nepal's first woman to summit Mt Everest.
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa



Nancy Svendsen


Sharon Wood, Christy McGill, Andrea Pierpont

Running time

71 minutes

Country / Nationality

United States

Our Judges say:

A story of a woman fighting for equality; this time in the shadow of Everest.

Simon Taylor

Excellent profile of pioneering female Nepalese ckimber, Pasang Yangjee, which is also a fascinating social history of Nepal.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

PASANG: In the Shadow of Everest chronicles Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s tragic and inspiring journey to become the first Nepali woman to summit Everest in 1993. As an uneducated, indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream to scale the legendary mountain pits her against family, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself. Her determined pursuit of Everest plays out within the context of her nation’s quest for democracy and the emergence of the commercial climbing industry. As told by the Nepalis who knew her, by some of the world’s most notable alpinists, and by Pasang herself, PASANG: The Shadow of Everest, documents her historic quest that would transfix her country and uplift a new generation’s belief in its possibilities.