Thank you for your support and well wishes. We’re now Singapore’s first all-women’s team to successfully summit Mt Everest (8850m). Look out for our public talk where we’ll share with you our Everest journey!”
Yes, we climbed Mt Everest and we summitted the mountain. But beyond the support of sponsors, individual donors, family and friends, there is a group of people whom we are grateful for – our sherpa guides.
From the acclimatization climbs to the actual summit push, our sherpas have been with us, climbing, toiling, cheering us on. We would like to recognize them for their efforts which made a tremendous difference in our Everest expedition. To us, they are the true heroes behind the mountain. Here, we would like to mention by name, the sherpas who were with us on the final summit push, and thank them for their relentless help and support:
Panuru Sherpa (Lihui’s sherpa guide)
Jamling Bhorte (Esther’s sherpa guide)
Kami Sherpa (Jane’s sherpa guide)
Dawa Tenzing (Joanne’s sherpa guide)
Dawa Nuru (Peh Gee’s sherpa guide)
L-R- After the summits, the team with our sherpas, Danuru, Dawa Tenzing, Kami, Jamling, and Dawa Nuru.
Greetings! We’re currently in Kathmandu as we bring you this update. We made the 3-day trek out from Everest Base Camp, braved the erractic domestic flights and finally, our duffels bags have all just arrived here in the city.
It was raining every single day as we trek out, but we’re not for complaining because we heard that there has been 3 metres deep of snowfall since we left Everest Base Camp. Thankfully we got out fast.
Now, we just have to sort out our gear and logistics, and hop on the fastest SilkAir flight back to Singapore!
Five years of preparation, training and fund-raising paid off when the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team (NATAS-SWET) put the first Singaporean women on the top of the world.
On 20th May 2009, the first summit team saw success when members Lee Lihui, Esther Tan and team leader Jane Lee stood on the summit of Mt Everest at 8,850m. 48 hours later, team members Joanne Soo and Lee Peh Gee added to the resounding success and reached the world’s highest peak. Team co-leader, Sim Yihui did not ascend due to recurring chest pains.
All members of the team are safely back at Everest Base Camp and are currently making their way back to Kathmandu.
The NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team would like to thank our Patron, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and our generous sponsors and supporters, without whom this journey and resounding summit success would not be possible. We would like to specifically thank:
Title Sponsor: National Assocoation of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS)
Main Sponsors: TruMarine, Lee Foundation
Supported by: Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO)
Official Health Supplement: Centrum
Official Eyewear: Smith Optics
Gear Sponsor: Marmot
Training Venue Supporter: SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre
Product Sponsors: SingTel, SilkAir, Yeo’s, BUFF, PowerBar, Polar, Kyocera, Greenpac, NPE, Sin Mue Mue
Suppporting Organisations: Singapore Sports Council, National Youth Council, Singapore Mountaineering Federation, National Library Board, People’s Association Youth Movement, Singapore Pools, Tote Board, Central Narcotics Board
Cash Sponsor: Hyflux
We would also like to thank individual sponsors who contributed to our journey.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to our coach and Base Camp manager, Mr Lim Kim Boon, who was a constant source of guidance and encouragement throughout our journey.
We look forward to returning to Singapore at the soonest!
Approaching the summit of Mt Everest
Camp 4 at South Col the final camp where we can see the route we will take up the south summit of Everest
Coming down form the infamous hillary step after the summit
Joanne Soo, member of NATAS SWET on the top of Mt Everest on 22 May 2009, 5.31am
Lee Peh Gee, member of NATAS SWET touched the roof of the world on 22 may 2009, 5.56am
Long queue of climbers approaching the Everest summit via the hillary step
South summit seen from near the Hillary step
The summit of Mt Everest overlooking Khumbu Nepal
View from the balcony where climbers change their oxygen bottles for the final push
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Press release: On 22 May 2009, the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team added to their historic success by placing two more members on the summit of Mt Everest, the highest peak on earth at 8850m. Joanne Soo age 39 and Lee Peh Gee age 32 reached the top of the world at 5.31am and 5.56am respectively – Nepal time. The two girls are making their way back to lower camps.
Jane Lee and Lee Lihui have arrived back at Everest Base Camp on 21 May afternoon while Esther Tan is scheduled to be back later today. Look out for a more detailed press release from the Everest Base Camp.
Esther Tan and Lee Li Hui, members of the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team reac hed the summit of Mt Everest on 20 May 2009, at 3.54am and 3.45am respectively
Jane Lee, leader of the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team reached the summit of Mt Everest on 20 May 2009, at 4.43am
On 20 May 2009, a historic feat for Singapore was achieved when the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest peak on earth which stands at 8850m.
Lee Li Hui age 27, Esther Tan age 26 and Jane Lee age 25 of the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team stepped on the top of the world at 3.45am, 3.54am and 4.43am respectively – Nepal time, making the team the first Singaporean women to reach the world’s tallest mountain.
The second summit team are currently on the way from camp 2 to camp 3 and they plan to go for the summit on 22 May.
After a bout of turbulent weather which saw Everest Base Camp covered in 7cm-thick snow, the weather finally looks set for a summit window.
The last couple of days saw the entire Khumbu region, including surrounding towns like Pangboche and Pheriche experience high precipitation and winds. Even though this is not entirely weather to celebrate about, we remain hopeful here at Base Camp – because every inch of snow is an indication of the jet streams passing over us and the coming of good weather.
We’re sticking to the two summit-team strategy for this push so that we have higher chances of success. The first summit team will set off on the morning of 15th May, while the second summit team will head off a couple of days later. Hopes burn bright within the team, and we’re going to give this our best shot!
Our tents at Everest base camp covered in snow that fell through the night
Digging our tents out
Clearing the snow from our tents
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The team’s summit attempts have been postponed, due to weather changes. The weather window we were aiming for on the 11th and 12th of May got smaller, due to winds picking up as jet stream passed over the top of Mt. Everest. As stronger winds picked up in both the east and the west, the team and the rest of the IMG climbers (climbers with the mountaineering agency we’re partnering with) who were aiming for the same summit window decided to postpone the summit attempt and come back to base camp to wait for a more favourable weather window.
We took this opportunity to stay at Camp 2 (6,500m) for a couple of nights to optimize our acclimatization, and we’ll be keeping active at base camp with hikes to nearby mountains to stay fitting fit for the summit push. Word has it that there may be a weather window towards the end of May, we’ll keeping our eyes open for that.
Sure, it was a disappointment for the team that our first summit attempt has been foiled, but to put things in perspective, this expedition has been 5 years in the making – what is waiting for a few more days for the summit push?
It’s crunch time! The acclimatization cycles are complete, the weather’s looking good and we’re feeling more prepared than ever. At the crack of tomorrow’s dawn, we’ll be headed for the summit push, towards the top of Mt Everest at 8,850m. Stay tuned, we hope to bring you good news from the top of the world!
The NATAS SWET at Camp 2