Edurne Pasaban

Edurne Pasaban Lizarribar (born 1 August 1973 in Tolosa, Guipúzcoa, Spain) is a Spanish mountaineer. She has climbed all fourteen eight-thousanders, and ranks next to Wanda Rutkiewicz, Oh Eun- Sun, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Nives Meroi the most successful mountaineers.

Climb all eight-thousanders

Pasaban is regarded as the second woman who has climbed all eight-thousanders; only the South Korean Oh Eun -sun was a few days earlier, but an ascent Ohs is considered controversial. Some sources therefore lead Pasaban the first woman to at all eight-thousanders. ( For details on the controversial ascent see dispute about Oh Eun- suns ascent of Kangchenjunga )

Pasaban has climbed the eight-thousanders in the following order:

  • May 23, 2001: Mount Everest
  • May 16 2002: Makalu
  • October 5, 2002: Cho Oyu
  • May 26 2003: Lhotse
  • July 19, 2003: Gasherbrum II
  • July 26, 2003: Hidden Peak
  • July 26, 2004: K2
  • July 20, 2005: Nanga Parbat
  • July 12, 2007: Broad Peak
  • May 1, 2008: Dhaulagiri
  • October 5, 2008: Manaslu
  • May 18 2009: Kangchenjunga
  • April 17, 2010: Annapurna
  • May 17 2010: Shishapangma

In two parallel and independent expeditions Pasaban and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner reached the summit of Broad Peak on 12 July 2007 at the same time. On Dhaulagiri they were also on the same day, May 1, 2008, at the summit. In October 2008 Pasaban was just a day after Nives Meroi on the Manaslu.

By frostbite she has lost two toes on K2. On the descent from Mount Everest supplemental oxygen was used. Also in descent from Kangchenjunga 1 bottled oxygen was used as an addition between camp 3 and camp. In addition, had to be supported to the base camp Edurne Pasaban of two high beams and four expedition comrades. From there she was then flown out for slight frostbite on toes and fingers with a helicopter.