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Junko Tabei, 1st woman to conquer Everest, dies at 77

Junko Tabei died at 77

Junko Tabei, the first woman to scale Mount Everest in may 16, 1975 has died at the age of 77 on October 20, 2016.

She was suffering from peritoneal cancer and died at Saitama hospital Thursday morning, her family said.

During 1969, she climbed mountains Mt. Fuji in Japan and the Matterhorn in Swiss Alps. By 1972, Tabei was a recognized mountain climber in Japan. She also formed the Ladies Climbing Club: Japan (LCC) in 1969.

Everest Expedition

Junko Tabei on Mount Everest

Tabei's LCC contained a team of Japanese Women's Everest Expedition (JWEE) to attempt to summit Mount Everest. Before they successfully summited Annapurna II on May 19, 1970, the LCC decided to summit Mount Everest. They used the same route that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa walked in 1953. On May 16, 1975, Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

In 1992, she became the first woman to complete the "Seven Summits," the tallest peak on each of the seven continents.

The demise of World's first lady Everest Summiteer is the great loss in the mountaineering tourism of Nepal. Tabei had visited to Nepal on April 30, 2016 when she led a Japanese mountaineering team to observe the golden jubilee of the first ascend of Mount Manaslu and Mount Lhotse.
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