The youngest Frenchwoman to climb Everest is from Dijon

At 27, the Dijonnaise Hélène Drouin is to date the youngest Frenchwoman to have climbed Everest. She arrived at the top this Tuesday, May 11. Accompanied by a sharpa, the young woman had taken on this challenge to collect donations for a medical research unit.

A breathtaking feat. It was this Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at around 10:30 am that Hélène Drouin successfully climbed Everest, the highest mountain in the world. In total, it is 8,849 meters of altitude that she climbed in 13:30. During her ascent on the Himalayan massif, the young Dijon woman was accompanied by a sharpa [guide de haute montagne, ndlr] and Thamserku Expeditions, his team.

It was the day before, Monday, that Hélène and her team left camp number 4, already at an altitude of almost 8,000 meters. On her Instagram account, she says she is “very lucky” to have succeeded in winning the summit, and that she came back “safe and sound“at base camp.

To date, only eleven French women have managed to climb Mount Everest. Hélène Drouin is therefore the twelfth.

Funds raised for a medical research unit

If Hélène Drouin took up this exceptional challenge, it is also for a good cause. Hélène is in fact an intern in anesthesia and resuscitation at the Dijon University Hospital. She faced the first waves of Covid-19 as a caregiver. It is therefore part of the funds raised thanks to the sponsors, that it wishes to donate to a medical research unit of Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research).

The young Dijonnaise is not her first attempt at mountaineering. In 2018, she had climbed Lenin Peak to more than 7,000 meters above sea level. This peak is located on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, two countries in Central Asia.

Hélène Droulin’s project on Mount Everest

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