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Wasfia Nazreen

Adventurer and Climber

Wasfia Nazreen is the only Bangladeshi, and the first Bengali, to climb K2 and the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of every continent. She is one of forty or so women in history to have scaled K2, the most dangerous mountain on the planet. She is the only woman to simultaneously hold the titles of National Geographic Explorer and Adventurer of the Year, and has won numerous awards for her activism and commitment to empowering women. Following a tragic beginning in life, Nazreen has risked everything for the causes she believes in. In the fields of development and nonprofits, mountaineering, guiding, storytelling, and education, she forged her own path far away from the arranged marriages and status quo for women in her country, and chose instead to keep climbing. She was named by Men’s Journal as one of the twenty-five world’s most adventurous women of the past twenty-five years, and by Outside magazine as one of forty women in the last forty years who have advanced and challenged the outdoor world through their leadership, innovation, and athletic feats. Nazreen is currently working on her memoir, a graphic novel on K2, and a film project.

Wasfia Nazreen
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