Manoj Shahi Monika, 35, who describes herself as a transgender, has announced her plan to climb the tallest peak in the world soon, reports 4.montagna.tv.
Shahi said she is physically and mentally ready to scale the peak while speaking during a program organized by Blue Diamond Society (BDS) in Kathmandu on March 25.
She announced that on reaching the summit she would waive the national flag of the country along with a Blue Diamond Society banner and set a new Guinness Book of Records .
However, according to transadvocate.com, Shahi isn’t the first transgender person to be on Mount Everest. “Nineteen years before Hillary and Norgay‘s successful summit, British climber Maurice Wilson attempted and possibly reached the peak,” the website said. “Little is known… she was transgender, or mad, as gender diversity was deemed then.”
Shahi has requested the Nepal government to give her a discount on the climbing royalties as she could not garner sufficient funds for her endeavor. BDS President Pinky Gurung has also asked the government for a fund and a waiver of the climbing permit fee for Everest.
BDS is an organization which has long been campaigning for the rights of LGBTs in Nepal. Their issues have continuously been raised both in the street and in parliament.
The Supreme Court of Nepal has already ruled on granting citizenship to third gender under the “other sex” category and the government is preparing to issue them passports by mentioning their gender identities.
“I have heard that sexual minorities are murdered in some countries due to their unique identities,” Bishnu Adhikari, a transgender man said. “We are lucky enough that we were born in Nepal, for we have the freedom to disclose our identities here.”
Hundreds of aspirant mountaineers have scaled Mount Everest after the Hillary-Norgay duo conquered the peak on May 29, 1953.