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The 14 Peaks of the Himalayas Expedition (Part 2)

by Butterfly Outdoor Adventure

€6,652

Raised out of 15000.00€

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Not many and so far no Albanian woman has climbed all 14 peaks of the Himalayas. Uta already climbed 2 and is aiming for 12 more.

About me

Hello I am Uta Ibrahimi, born and raised in Kosova. In 2017, I became the first Albanian woman to summit Everest (8,848m) and Manasulu (8,163m), two of the highest mountains in the Himalayas range - and this is where the idea to climb all 14 peaks (or the “eight-thousanders”) began.

Up to know, I have climbed many around the world. My climbing expeditions have taken me to many places, and here I’ll name a few: Musala 2,925m (Bulgaria), Olimp 2,918m (Greece), Jezera 2,694m, (Albania), Triglav 2,998m (Slovenia), Tito VRV 2,745m (Macedonia), Gjeravica 2,656m (Kosovo), Ercyes 3,916m (Turkey), Mount Hasan 3,200m (Turkey), Emler 3,500m (Turkey), Mont Blanc 4,880m (France), Yalung Peak 5,700m (Himalaya), Nurbu Peak 5,800m (Himalaya), Ramdung Peak 5,925m (Himalaya).

My love for our nature, our land, made me quit my job in marketing in 2015 and from then on, I embarked on numerous hikes, bicycle road-trips, trail-runs, and rock-climbing expeditions. I was part of the USAID founded project “Via Dinarica” project, cross-border tourism project in the Sharr Mountain (GIZ) and the Reel Rock Festival 2015(US Embassy founded). My company, the Butterfly Outdoors - an outdoor tours company in the Balkans, I’m establishing a climbing community in Kosova and Albania by supporting the creation of new climbing routes.

I have dedicated my life to showing the beauty of our mountains, of our nature. My training routines, my ever-growing experience on mountains, the sheer determination, and your help, will push me to achieve the goal that only a few have reached before: Climbing all 14 peaks of the Himalayas.

The Expedition

This fundraising campaign is for the 3rd and 4th peaks (climbs for 2018) of the Himalaya-range and they could prove to be the hardest because of the nature of the peaks in question: Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world (planned for May); and the second highest, K2 (planned for August). K2, in particular, is extremely difficult due to it very steep slopes and is seldom attempted, and even more people fail to reach its summit.

The full expedition is to climb all 14 of the 8,000-meter peaks by 2023, for a combined total elevation of 101,746 meters. My plan is to climb 2 peaks per year for the next 6 years.

The reason behind the Expedition

There are many reasons for attempting all 14 peaks and each is important in its own right. First, I’d like to raise awareness of Kosova’s and Albania’s highlands, mountains, and nature, to tourists from all around the world. Let’s invite everyone to enjoy our mountains, our peaks. As a female climber, I also want to raise awareness on the gender issues on our society - Yes, it is possible that a female from Kosova can climb the world’s highest peak (Mount Everest). I do wish this will get more girls reaching to climb rocks and peaks.

I want to bring hope, to inspire people to find ways to conquer their own peaks—regardless of what their personal challenges might be.

My expeditions should be seen as achievements for Kosova and the Albanian nation as a whole. I will be forever carrying both flags at every peak, reminding me from the small country I come from and what achievements we can reach.

Your help

This is a difficult expedition—on many fronts. Each summit requires months of planning, training, searching for resources, and deep soul-searching. For the 3rd and 4th peaks, I need 15,000 EUR. Here are my costs, broken down to details:

Gear and equipment

1,000 EUR

2 x flight tickets (Prishtina - Khatmandu and Pakistan round-trip)

2,000 EUR

Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 x 6 nights)

500 EUR

Full board expedition for Lhotse peak (partial)

5,000 EUR

Full board expedition for K2 peak (partial)

5,000 EUR

10% Creditcard-, banktransfer- and KOSOVA ideas Platform Fees

1,500 EUR

Funding goal/Budget of campaign
15,000 EUR

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    Uta Ibrahimi

    Expedition Leader/Climber/Mounta

    Uta’s is a nature lover, rock-climber, mountaineer, trail runner, and a professional mountain guide. Uta became the first Albanian woman to summit Everest (8,848m) and Manasulu (8,163m), two of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. She will attempt to climb all 14 peaks of the Himalayas.

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    Christine Devlin

    Assistant

    Christine graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Management and worked as an American Sign Language Interpreter in the U.S. for several years before moving to Kosovo. She is very passionate about the outdoors and is always seeking new ways to challenge herself, both physically and mentally. She will help Uta with the daily operations.

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    Vigan Hoxha

    Coordination/Design

    An experienced project manager (PMP certified), he is also a trail runner and is currently involved in product development in the tech sector. He has worked for IPKO, UNDP, Frutomania, and local communications companies. He will assist Uta with coordination and logistics.

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    Driada Matoshi

    Communications & PR

    Driada graduated from the faculty of journalism and arts and works as a PR and Information Officer. She has a very explorative and demanding nature and is constantly challenging herself in various areas related to PR, journalism, dramatic art and writing. She will be the main media focal point of the project.

Dardan Berisha

Go make us proud

vlora mullafetahu

great campaign

Chad Briggs

Always rooting for you!

Dita Tahiri

Keep flying high butterfly :-)

Valbona Jashari

great campaign- Go UTA

Christina McDowell

I know Alex Crevar and have been watching some of your climbing! I'm a rock climber and about to move to Huaraz, Peru for a year...hope to do a bit more alpineering there.

Kushtrim Xhakli

A small symbolic contribution but a big wish that you climb higher and higher! Good luck my friend!

Anonymous

Paç fat Shqipe!

Anonymous

take this money id spend it on booze otherwise anyways

Denisa Jashari

Have a great adventure Uta!

Anonymous

20 centimët e mi për rrugën. Rrugë të mbarë!

akif karemani

Fresh Breath ...

Malush Tullumi

Great campaign. Thank you Uta for this great initiative.

Andrijana Ivanovska

great campaign

Lulzim Katona

great campaign

GAEA Tours Elisabetha Eggenber

great campaign to promote beautiful nature of Kosovo and Albania

Blerta Kambo

Let's get you back on top of the world girl, where you belong <3

Visar Jasiqi

T'priftë sh'neta!

Alex Crevar

great campaign

Anonymous

great campaign

Nita Gojani

Vazdho me mposhtë sfida!

Arberesha Dula

Te prifte e mbara loqk

Naim Troshupa

great campaign

Jetmir Bakija

Nevojiten kesi role-model.

Visare Gorani Gashi

Utalaja, te lumte!

Anonymous

May boys and girls be inspired to conquer their own peaks and find their own way

Elena Ivanova

my small contribution and trust in your values. Greetings from Skopje

Rrjeti i OJQve te Grave Qeliza G

Suksese në ngjitjen drejt 14 majave të Himalajeve! Ju mbajmë forcat...

Perparim Rama

Keep on reaching the highest peaks dear Uta!!! Your self belief, positive and can do attitude is a true inspiration for us all! Arra and Tigri send you love and warm hugz :)

Erin Whittington

Fly high butterfly! Teamwork makes the dream work!

Dren Zatriqi

Great campaign!

Anonymous

great campaign

Anonymous

great campaign

Private Foundation Basel

We wish you will have all the support you deserve, from Kosovar and Albanian local fans, diaspora and also some swiss alpinists and hiking ladies! Go for it,Uta!

Arta Limani

Take only pictures, leave only footprints ❤️

Foundation UNE E DU KOSOVEN

We wish you all the best luck for this unique and amazing performance and may the flag of Kosovo proudly wave on the highest peaks of the world. Come back safely.

Ilire Agimi

Te dua!

Argjentina Grazhdani

great campaign

Anonymous

Ma ke bërë zemrën mal. Shumë i bukur rrugëtimi yt. Vetëm suksese!

Anonymous

Good luck girl and anjoy it All

Anonymous

Vetem prepara...

Dalip Ramadani

great campaign

Andel Trebicka

To live the good life: We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.

Zymryte Hoxhaj

great campaign and i love UTA

Drilona Aliu

Wish i could donate more

Anonymous

great campaign

Anonymous

Keep on rocking girl

Elmane Emiri

great campaign

Teuta Jashari-Kajtazi

great campaign

Teuta Jashari-Kajtazi

great campaign

Rina, Lilly dhe Zara Dula

What you seek, is seeking you:-) nje kontribut i vogel nga Rina, Lilly dhe Zara Dula

Besiane Musmurati

Suksese Uta!

Anonymous

great campaign

Anonymous

great campaign Per Uten, sukses

Jehona Gjurgjeala

Keep pushing the limits!

Nebi Hoxha

Uta, te deshirojme fat!

Diana Nokaj

Keep climbing higher and higher!

Anonymous

Ereza Vela

great campaign

Aida Selimi

great campaign

Anonymous

great campaign <3

Anonymous

Dashni prej US :)

Visar Dobroshi

great campaign

Albulena Kadriu

great campaign

Fatmire Maxhuni

great campaign

Arianeh Aamodt

Good luck Uta

Anonymous

SUKSESE! INSPIRIM PER TE GJITHE NE. TE DESHIROJ RRUGE TE MBARA.

Barbara Barrett

Great campaign. Best of Luck to you.

Zhujeta Cima

My best wishes and my strongest prayers go to your beautiful being and soul

Emine Dreshaj

Suksese e forta e jonë:)

Anonymous

great campaign

Fikrije Kocani - Opstad

Sukses Uta:-)

Ferdane Emiri

Suksese me tutje Uta

Esma Cikotic

Bravo Uta

Ilir Daka

great campaign

Roland Basha

great campaign

Armend Celina

Suksese Uta, jemi krenarë per ty.

Vllaznim Xhiha

Waving the Kosovo flag on the peaks of Himalaya will be a unique gift in the year of our country's tenth anniversary. It's an inspiration for all of us, citizens of Kosovo, to make a contribution in building our country to become a better place to live for our future generations.