Junko Tabei (b. 1939) is a Japanese professional mountain climber who, in 1975, became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She achieved this as part of an all-female expedition of fifteen.
In 1992, after climbing Puncak Jaya in Indonesia, she became the first woman in the world to complete the Seven Summits. She is the director of Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan, an organisation which fights for the preservation of mountainous environments.
On May 16th, 1975, Junko Tabei of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. During the climb, an avalanche buried her team. Tabei lost consciousness, and her body was badly injured. After being freed from the snow by sherpas, this team of fifteen women stepped forward instead of retreating. They would not give up. “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top - it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others - it rises in your heart.” ~ Junko Tabei