Eight South African women are set to climb part of Mount Everest in an adventure that will also benefit charity. They will be promoting awareness around human trafficking as well as raising funds for human trafficking victims. Driven by Freedom to Climb – a seven year old initiative to hike on seven mountain peaks in a space of seven years to support the victims of such inhumane acts – the project was launched in 2011.
Every climber had to raise between five and 10 US dollars for people enslaved and trafficked all over the globe. The group consists of 45 women representing 13 countries and there are nine South Africans participating. The African team has a total of 14 women. The women will not reach the peak of Everest but will be climbing to the base camp, which is 5 500 meters up. The day after Everest, they will climb to a small peak called Kalapata.