Australian woman climbs world’s 10th highest peak without oxygen

Kathmandu: In a remarkable feat of endurance and determination, an Australian woman has achieved a historic climb of the world’s tenth highest peak without the aid of supplemental oxygen.

Allie Pepper, 48, hailing from the Blue Mountains in Sydney, along with her climbing partners Mingtemba (Mikel) Sherpa and Ngima Wanadak Sherpa, reached the summit of Mt Annapurna at approximately 12:05 pm local time.

Pepper’s ascent is part of her ambitious endeavor, dubbed “The Respect Above the Clouds 14 Peaks No O2,” aimed at conquering all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters without relying on supplemental oxygen within a span of three years.

Commencing her journey in July 2023 with the ascent of Broad Peak in Pakistan, followed by Mt Manaslu in September 2023, Pepper has set her sights on completing the remaining 11 peaks by July 2025. Upon her return from Mt Annapurna, Pepper, in coordination with Seven Summit Treks, will strategize for her next summit attempt on Mt Makalu, underscoring her relentless pursuit of her goal.

The significance of Pepper’s achievement is underscored by the rarity of such feats. Currently, only two men worldwide have verified ascents of all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters without oxygen supplementation, a feat that took them 16 years to accomplish.

Pepper’s rapid progress highlights her exceptional skill, determination, and commitment to pushing the boundaries of human achievement in mountaineering. Pepper’s journey serves as an inspiration to adventurers and mountaineers worldwide, showcasing the power of perseverance and passion in the face of daunting challenges.

As she continues her quest to conquer the world’s tallest peaks, Pepper’s indomitable spirit serves as a testament to the human capacity for excellence in the pursuit of lofty goals.