A flag off program to honour the three women expedition from Nepal, India and China to scale Mt Everest while spreading the message of universal peace and friendship was held at the VNY 2020 Secretariat. The participants were Kanchhi Maya Tamang from Nepal, Kalpana Dash from India and Liyamu Ma from China. The Team was given the VNY 2020 flag with the signature of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to hoist on the summit of the mountain.
Tamang is the first woman of her community to successfully climb Mt Everest. She is also involved in social causes with various organisations and is the Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women since 2017. Ma has previously led and climbed Everest, Manaslu, Lobuche, Mustakata. She is associated with Crazy Mountain Expedition-China.
Das was a qualified climber having climbing experience in India, Nepal, Europe, South America and Australia. She had also climbed Mt Everest in 2008 as a team leader apart from climbing six other highest peaks in other continents. All three climbers successfully summited Mt Everest but tragically Indian climber Das breathed her last near the balcony area while descending from the summit point.