Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by a daunting challenge; one you weren’t sure you could conquer? What did you do?

On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we’re learning about the journey of Wasfia Nazreen, and what it took for her to become the first Bangladeshi to ever climb the Seven Summits.

Image: Team of climbers in winter gear climbing a snowy mountain

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When you hear of the country Bangladesh, what do you think of? It’s all too common that many don’t know of this country or have only heard of it in reference to its heavy and frequent flooding.

This is something that Wasfia Nazreen knew, so she decided to put Bangladesh on the map. In celebration of the country’s 40 years of independence and the progress that women have made within that time, Wasfia set out on a journey to climb the Seven Summits; the tallest mountains on each continent—Aconcagua, Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson Massif, Carstensz Pyramid, and Elbrus.

It goes without saying, it takes some serious mental toughness to ascend each one.

In this beautiful short film directed by Sean Kusanagi, and made possible by Apple Inc., we get a glimpse into how Wasfia worked through personal struggles and became the first and only Bangladeshi to climb the Seven Summits. As we face our own challenges, maybe her story can inspire us.

So what’s the secret to overcoming challenges?

For Wasfia, she credits cardio, high altitude training, and mental clarity for helping her summit the mountains. But, all of those things only occurred because of a vision; an ignition of passion and determination to complete a journey for something she cares deeply for. She knew what she was climbing for, so she sought out the steps she’d need to succeed—and took them, then a leap of faith.

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Since climbing the Seven Summits, Wasfia has continued fighting for her passions and is helping to create the steps needed to support the people around her to do the same. She founded the Osel Foundation, an educational institute that focuses on empowering and educating young women in Bangladesh through outdoor activities.

Let the world show you its treasures!

-Erin

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Notes:

  1. Kusanagi, Sean. “A Woman’s Epic Journey to Climb 7 Mountains-Shot on a Phone | Short Film Showcase.” YouTube, National Geographic, 30 May 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMqu-nRM-Uc.

Erin loves drawing portraits, hates smooth jazz, and is not quite good enough at any type of meal preparation (unless you count desserts).