(Japan) became the first woman to reach the summit of
Everest on 5/16/75 via the South-East Ridge route.
born Fukushima Prefecture JAPAN - 1939, went to Showa
Women's University and is married with 2 children.
She says she was attracted to mountain climbing by the
experience of climbing Mt. Nasu with a teacher when she
was 10 years old. She began climbing around 1962 after
graduating from Showa Women's University where she studied
She formed women's
mountain climbing club "Ladies Climbing Club: JAPAN (LCC)" in 1969. Junko
became the first woman to reach the Everest peak in 1975.
Since then, she has climbed many mountains all over the
world, and is the first woman to have achieved the
the highest peaks on all seven continents.
She still climbs at least
3-4 mountains per year. She currently is the director of
Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan (HAT-J), an organization
dedicated to preserving the mountain environment.
Her most notable Summit climb of
late: Muztagh Ata 2001
The women Summiters on Everest