The 14 Peaks of the Himalayas Expedition

Not many and so far no Albanian woman has climbed all 14 peaks of the Himalayas. Uta already climbed 2 and is aiming for 12 more.

The Expedition

This fundraising campaign is for the 3rd and 4th peaks (climbs for 2018) of the Himalaya-range and they could prove to be the hardest because of the nature of the peaks in question: Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world (planned for May); and the second highest, K2 (planned for August). K2, in particular, is extremely difficult due to it very steep slopes and is seldom attempted, and even more people fail to reach its summit.

The full expedition is to climb all 14 of the 8,000-meter peaks by 2023, for a combined total elevation of 101,746 meters. My plan is to climb 2 peaks per year for the next 6 years.

The reason behind the Expedition

There are many reasons for attempting all 14 peaks and each is important in its own right. First, I’d like to raise awareness of Kosova’s and Albania’s highlands, mountains, and nature, to tourists from all around the world. Let’s invite everyone to enjoy our mountains, our peaks. As a female climber, I also want to raise awareness on the gender issues on our society – Yes, it is possible that a female from Kosova can climb the world’s highest peak (Mount Everest). I do wish this will get more girls reaching to climb rocks and peaks.

I want to bring hope, to inspire people to find ways to conquer their own peaks—regardless of what their personal challenges might be.

My expeditions should be seen as achievements for Kosova and the Albanian nation as a whole. I will be forever carrying both flags at every peak, reminding me from the small country I come from and what achievements we can reach.

Your help

This is a difficult expedition—on many fronts. Each summit requires months of planning, training, searching for resources, and deep soul-searching. For the 3rd and 4th peaks, I need 15,000 EUR. Here are my costs, broken down to details:

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