The Himalaya, a Mecca to world mountaineers, is still unimaginable and unreachable to the most Nepali women, with a literacy rate barely reaching 25% and millions of them currently under forced labor as a result of trafficking. The objective of “Women and Girls Safety, Empowerment, and Education” has been core global development goal; however, change needs to be ensured through ‘Massive and Continuous Awareness Campaign’, especially in developing countries such as Nepal. Hence, Susmita, as one of the pioneers of women’s mountaineering in Nepal, pitches a platform combining her climbing and motivational speaking skills to campaign on these objectives. Susmita Maskey's Expedition to Seven Summits is a major part of the campaign.
Susmita has made successful ascents of Mt. Everest twice (Asia), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Aconcagua (South America), Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia) and Mt. McKinley/Denali (North America). She will climb the final peak Vinson Massif (Antarctica) end this year.
As part of her climbs to Mt. McKinley and Vinson Massif, Susmita will travel around North and South America, giving motivational talks to a number of corporations and communities. The talks will motivate the audiences and at the same time create awareness of the burning issues related to women in Nepal. Each event and public appearance will be promoted through the social, print, and electronic media around the globe. Both expeditions will be documented by a professional videographer and photographer and produced as a documentary film.
Mt. Everest 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) Nepal, Asia: Summit on May 22 2008 and May 18 2011
Mt. Elbrus's5,642 metres (18,510 feet) Russia, Europe: Summit on June 26 2013
Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 metres (19341 feet) Tanzania, Africa: Summit on July 5 2013
Mt. Kosciuszko 2228 metres (7310 feet) Australia : Summit on July 25 2013
Mt. Aconcagua 6961 metres (22837 feet) Argentina, South America: Summit on January 13 2014
Mt. Denali 6194 metres (20320 feet) Unites States North America: Summit on June 23 2014
Mt. Vinson Massif 4892 metres (16077 feet) Antarctica November 2014