National Geographic : 2003 May
Ang Gelu Sherpa, a pilot for a Sherpa-owned airline, prepares to fly from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla, where most visitors begin their Everest adventures. Kathmandu locals practice their moves on a wall at the Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Foundation. It was named after Gelu's sister, the first female Sherpa to summit Everest, who died on her way down. "People didn't believe a Nepalese woman could do it," says Gelu.